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Audrey Kerner Kaufmann Obituary
Kaufmann, Audrey Kerner 05/19/1929 - 03/19/2013 DEL MAR -- Audrey Kaufmann was born on May 19, 1929 in Waterbury Ct. She attended public schools in Naugatuck, Ct. She attended the University of Vermont, where she met her husband to be, Donald Kaufmann. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1951, Audrey taught high school in Essex Junction, Vermont, for two years. In 1953 she married Donald Kaufmann, then a second year medical student at McGill University. She taught school in Montreal until her husband's graduation in 1955,when they moved to Philadelphia where Dr. Kaufmann completed his intern and residency training at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. In 1956 her first daughter, Susan was born, followed by Leslie in 1958 and Andrea in 1962. In addition to raising her three girls and supporting her husband's efforts through his early years in Medicine, Audrey has had a long history of volunteering. While living in Montreal she volunteered weekly at the Montreal Children's Hospital. While in Philadelphia she was active with the Navy Relief Society, and was president of the Navy Doctors Wives Club. Capt. Kaufmann was transferred to The San Diego Naval Hospital in 1965 and the family settled in Del Mar. Audrey became heavily involved with volunteering activities, being one of the original docents in at the old Scripps Aquarium. She began a fifteen year association with the Old Globe theatre receiving an Old Globe Atlas award in 1983. She served as president of the Navy Doctors Wives Club and subsequently served as president of the Doctors Wives Club of the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. Audrey was on the board of Voices for Children and was one of the first in the San Diego area to take puppies and kittens to convalescent homes, driving the van entitled "Tender Loving Zoo" to multiple facilities in the county. This was a reflection of her lifelong love of animals. In later years she was heavily involved with activities at Aseltine School for neurologically handicapped children, serving on the board there for many years. Audrey is survived by her husband of sixty years Dr. Donald Kaufmann. Also surviving are her three daughters, Susan Suarez, Leslie Baker, and Andrea Campbell, all of the San Diego area. She leaves five grandchildren, Whitney and Haley Baker, and Hunter Reed (children of Leslie) and Audrey and Burke Campbell III (children of Andrea.) A Memorial Celebration will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Aseltine School or the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Published in U-T San Diego on Mar. 24, 2013
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