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Age 97, on September 18, 2010. Born in Clarion and a longtime resident of South Hills. Son of the late Myer M. and Minnie Hermann Kaufman. Grandson of the late Charles and Rosa Kaufman, two of the original settlers of Clarion, PA. In addition to his parents & grandparents, Mr. Kaufman was preceded in death by his infant brother, M.M. Kaufman, Jr., and his beloved sister, Virginia Kaufman, who died April 18, 2008. He is survived by his first cousin, Robert Kaufman, of McLean, VA, and many second and third cousins. Mr. Kaufman was a graduate of Clarion High School as well as the University of Cincinnati where he earned a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1936. He then became a graduate of Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a Master of Science in chemistry in 1942. Charles E. Kaufman began his working career in 1936 as a chemical engineer with the Hagan Corporation located in Pittsburgh, PA, which later became the Calgon Corporation. In his 34 plus years with this Company, his responsibilities included Manager of New Product Development and Director of Purchasing. Following his retirement from Calgon in the early 1970's, Mr. Kaufman remained active until his death as an investor, entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Kaufman participated in many business ventures and partnerships, including those involved in the development of natural resources. Mr. Kaufman was active in regional and national organizations related to land conservation and was a long time member of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Mr. Kaufman always approached every business venture with a consistent, principled, attitude. He made every effort to be fair in his many faceted business career. As a philanthropist, Mr. Kaufman gave generously to charities, including charities in his native Clarion, and also in Pittsburgh. In 2006, Mr. Kaufman established the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation, whose goal is to foster and encourage fundamental research in chemistry, biology and physics for the betterment and understanding of human life. Mr. Kaufman established the special award fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to "promote a better and fairer world by supporting those that can make a difference with science." The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation granted its first award in 2008 to Professor Terry Collins, Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, for his pioneering research in green chemistry. The 2009 award was given to Dr. H. M. Kingston, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Duquesne University, for his contributions to the research of chemical influences in autistic children. Graveside Services and Interment will be held on Friday at 11 AM at Clarion Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made either to the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; or to The Charles E. Kaufman and Virginia Kaufman Fund at Clarion University, c/o Clarion University Foundation, Inc., Seifert-Mooney Center, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, INC. 412-621-8282.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2010
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