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Rev. Dr. Ivan T. Kaufman

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Ivan Tracy Kaufman 85, of Bedford, formerly of Concord, died December 31, 2012 at Carleton-Willard Village from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Born November 27, 1927 in Detroit, MI to Ivan C. and Helen Kaufman, he graduated from Dearborn High School. A World War II veteran, he served in the US Navy in the Naval Supply Center at Guam and was honorably discharged in 1948. Rev. Kaufman received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English Literature from University of Michigan. While enrolled at Union Theological Seminary, NY, he spent the academic year 1953-54 as a student in the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. During that winter he was a field supervisor on the British Archaeological Excavation of Jericho. He was ordained Deacon in 1956 and served as curate of Grace Church, Amherst and as Assistant Chaplain of Amherst College until 1959. He was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church on June 20,1958. Rev. Kaufman became Associate Rector of St. Paul's Brunswick, Maine. He returned to studies at Harvard Divinity School where he earned his Th.D. In 1967 he completed his doctoral thesis, a study of Hebrew paleography. Dr. Kaufman taught at El Seminario Episcopal del Caribe in Puerto Rico for five years and the Philadelphia Divinity School for four prior to its merger with the Episcopal Theological School in 1974. In his teaching he concentrated on the Psalms, the prophets, Ancient Near Eastern backgrounds to the Old Testament, the Bible as literature and methods of teaching small group Bible study. During his twenty year tenure at the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), Dr. Kaufman played a formative role in the creation of the school's Anglicanism, Globalism and Ecumenism program. He was EDS' representative to the Episcopal Seminaries Consultation on Mission, and served on the diocesan Hispanic Coalition and Zimbabwe Companion Diocese Committee. He was a member of the Drafting Committee of the Psalter for the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. He was committed to formulating and advancing educational and theological theory for teaching the Old Testament "experientially." He was deeply aware that his students brought their own life experience to the study of the Bible and that such experience is of value because "God has been known through it." Dr. Kaufman retired from EDS in 1993 but continued his studies, writings and parish work for another decade. Ivan Kaufman was an accomplished artist and studied extensively at the DeCordova Museum School. After years working with watercolor, pastel and acrylics, he fell in love with printmaking. Art had always been connected to his ministry of teaching, preaching and experiential learning. To him, printmaking was another form of prayer. He will be remembered for his abundant vegetable and flower gardens, love of cooking and his extraordinary pies. His life-long passions for fishing, travel, photography and art attracted many friends and inspired his family. Married 49 years to Joan (Wheeler) Kaufman, they shared many travel adventures. From early travels in the Middle East and Central America, to trips to Patagonia, New Zealand and numerous Elderhostel tours, their stories were at times inspiring, hair-raising, and always fun. Together they raised three children, Helen A. Minkes of Frisco, TX, Adam W. Kaufman of Winthrop, WA, and Alexander (Max) Kaufman of Fairbanks, AK. In addition, he was also loved deeply by his sister Kathy of Dexter, MI, his son-in-law Robert Minkes, daughter-in-law Mette Kaufman, and grandchildren Alegra and Sam Minkes, Payten and Ben Kaufman and Kieran Kaufman. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 12th at 2:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St. Concord, MA. Concord's town flag will fly at half-staff on Saturday January 12th in recognition of Rev. Kaufman's service to his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Friends of St. Stephen's Youth Programs, Inc., 31 Lenox St. Boston, MA 02118 or to the , 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance of Rev. Kaufman in his guest book, please visit www.deefuneralhome.com

Published in The Concord Journal from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12, 2013
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