Axel Kaufmann

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Kaufmann, Axel, age 88, of Newton on April 22. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Marion (Allen), and by two wonderful daughters and their spouses Laura and Jeffrey McGlashan of Hopkinton, NH, and Jessica and Bruno Miquel of Waban, MA and by five beautiful grandchildren Caitlyn and Andra McGlashan and Alexia, Kristen, and Quentin Miquel. Born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Axel spent his childhood in Berlin, and came to the U.S. in 1938. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City and entered MIT in 1941 at age 16, graduating in 1949 after serving in the U.S. army in the Pacific during WW2. He was an Architect his entire professional life, working for several Boston firms before establishing his own practice in 1965, then practicing as a principal at Jung/Brannen Associates on large scale projects from 1980 until his retirement in 2004. His proudest architectural achievement was a 9-year stint as Design Team Project Manager for the Federal (Moakley) Courthouse on Fan Pier. An avid tennis player since age 13, Axel was active in the New England Tennis Association as Publicist, Ranking Committee Chair, and Vice President; he held New England and national rankings; was the writer and producer of Tennis Fundamentals, a 1972 teaching film with tennis great Welby Van Horn; was a co-founder and President of tennis/now, with facilities in Watertown Square and at Brandeis University, that taught tennis to over 10,000 players of all levels; and authored 2 anthologies of his humorous tennis writings and poems, Pardon Me, Your Forehand is Showing and Which Way To The Finals, Please? He was the Architect for numerous indoor and outdoor tennis and Club facilities throughout the U.S.; and was also the Chair of the USTA Facilities Committee for 5 years. After moving to Newton in 1964, Axel and Marion joined the First Unitarian Society in Newton, where he served for two years as Board Chair. A member of both the Badminton & Tennis Club and Longwood Cricket Club since 1950, Axel was President of Longwood in 1989 and 1990, and remained actively involved in the affairs of the Club and as Advisor to the Board until his death. But it was his family that was the main focus of his devotion, and that brought him his greatest joys during shared travels, holidays, and birthday celebrations, which he always commemorated with personalized cartoons, poems and songs. A Memorial Service in celebration of Axels life will be held at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington Street, West Newton on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Axels memory may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202; or Foundation of Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary - Research for Juvenile Retinoschisis, Attention Kristina Sym, 243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114; or First Unitarian Society in Newton.

Published in The Newton Tab from May 4 to May 11, 2013
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