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Dr. Hans Uffelmann, 80, Leawood, KS, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on December 7, 2013, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, December 17 at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112. Visitation in the sanctuary 6 - 8 PM Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Center for Practical Bioethics, Harzfeld Building, 1111 Main Street, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64105. Hans was born in Kassel, Germany in 1933. He came to the U.S. as a young man and met the love of his life, Marilynn, at UC Davis where he took his B.A. After a three-year interruption of his academic career, serving with the U.S. Army as a surgical technician, he resumed his studies at Northwestern University, where he earned a M.A. and Ph.D. In 1963, Hans and Marilynn moved to Kansas City where he began a 36 year career teaching philosophy and medical ethics at UMKC. He was a pioneer in medical education and bioethics, and one of the first philosophers in the U.S. to hold a faculty position in a medical school. Together with an attorney and a physician, he founded the Midwest Bioethics Center in 1984, which remains a leading consulting resource in matters of biomedical ethics throughout the country. He profoundly influenced the lives of thousands of his philosophy and medical students and the patients they served. Hans was preceded in death by his wife Marilynn. Survivors include his sons Glenn Uffelmann and Darryl Uffelmann, their families including four beautiful grandchildren he loved immensely, and many friends. Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, www.kccremation.com

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Published in Kansas City Star from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2013.
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December 6, 2016
Belated condolences. I had Dr. Uffelmann for a Philosophy class and a Philosophy of Literature class at UMKC. He was one of the finest, most brilliant teachers I ever encountered. And he could argue anyone into a corner. On the flip side, he appreciated anyone who could do so to him...though this was rare. His tales of his youth in Germany were spellbinding as were the ethical dilemmas he encountered in his position at the hospital.

I still think of him and quote him. "Be specific and carefully justify your answer" resonates with me to this day. On the final, he included the question "Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf." I was specific and carefully justified my answer. And continue to do so whenever I make an argument.

A great, kind man. An amazing teacher. It was an honor to have been his student, even if it was briefly.
Toni Osborne
January 14, 2015
I was a student in Philosopy at UMKC from 1978-80. I took four courses from Hans, and he was my faculty advisor. My favorite memories were our in-depth discussions of existentialism, particularly the ideas of Kierkegaard and Sartre. Hans was the finest instructor I have encountered in my lifetime, and I miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to the Uffelmann family.
Tony Schibler
October 6, 2014
Please accept my late condolences on the death of your wonderful father and grandfather. I just found out about his death & just expected he would live on forever. I was a student of Dr. Uffelmann's from 1965-1968. I took at least 7 of his courses because he taught me more about how to live than anyone before or since. I revered & respected the man. Often we would meet at the greenhouse between classes to talk. He told me once that his boys had tried to burn down the garage at home. He wasn't mad or upset, just shaking his head, grinning & wondering how 2 sons could get into so much mischief. Taught me that he was warm, kind & loving. I still have the letter he sent me on 12-19-2010 updating me on his life. The man was a wonder, a sage, a friend, a teacher, a leader to me. I was privileged to know him. Diana Griffiths, Canton, GA
September 29, 2014
I was a student of Dr. Uffelmann's in the 80s. His knowledge, humor, wisdom and kindness influenced me not only in my studies, but all through my life. My condolences to the family.
Cindy L.
September 10, 2014
Just saw this and wanted to express my condolences to the Uffelmann family. From a fellow grad student at Northwestern who remembers Hans for his philosophical seriousness and personal good humor....
Bob Scharff
June 14, 2014
About 20 years ago , I was privileged enough to enroll in a UMKC medical ethics class taught by Dr. Uffelman. His insight into many areas of the study gave me a rational and realistic basis for the formulation of personal convictions that I retain and hold dear today. I was an adult student living away from home and family. I will always remember that Dr. Uffelman always had time, tired as he must have been, to kindly and thoughtfully visit with me even during breaks. Although this is belated, I would like to express my sincere condolences. This world is a better place because of men like Dr. Uffelmann.
Kenneth Riffel
April 30, 2014
Dr. Ufflemann was the reason I majored in Philosophy. He opened my world to such wonderful and thought provoking ideas. To this day I remember his lessons in formal and informal logic, and have passed those lessons on to my students during my 29 years as a teacher. He was a mentor, friend, and inspiration in my life.
Alex Migliazzo
December 29, 2013
Dr. Uffelmann was my favorite professor at UMKC in the early 1970's. His classes and teaching style opened my eyes to new ideas and ways of thinking. I remember having to borrow a tape recorder because I couldn't take notes fast enough didn't want to miss anything he said. His influence helped me with my own teaching even though my students were far younger. We will all miss Dr. Uffelmann. He touched so many lives.
Ann Maxwell
December 16, 2013
I remember Dr. Uffelman fondly from clinical rounds at Truman Medical Center. Such a kind and thoughtful man!
Brenda Pfannenstiel
December 15, 2013
My deep condolences to the Uffelmann family. Dr. Uffelmann was one of the kindest human beings I've ever met. It was my honor to work with him at the UMKC School of Medicine. His passing leaves a deep void in the lives of everyone who knew him.
Theresa Andrews
December 13, 2013
I am grateful for the life of Dr. Uffelmann. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.
December 13, 2013
Watching news with Hans one day. TV announcer said, "After 10 years, Juan Peron got his general's star." Hans said to me, "If it takes Juan Peron 10 years to get a star, how long would it take 2 Perons?"
Mike Crawford
December 13, 2013
Dr Uffelmann was my teacher back in 1991 at UMKC. He made the class a delight. He had insight that led me to learn things that I didn't expect to learn. I know the papers I wrote, he actually read them and took the time to add his insight which most times was so enlightening. What a gem.
Dana Prevost
December 13, 2013
As his student in 1965 I enjoyed his many perspectives and was one of only a few professors I appreciated at UMKC.
December 13, 2013
AARP Oregon---followed trail from KC!
Hans was a superb mentor, teacher and inspiration. I was proud to have served under him on UMKC SSIRB and take classes from him. His legacy continues.
Jerry Cohen
December 13, 2013
I had the honor of meeting and befriending Hans five years ago and can honestly say he was one of my most favorite people I have ever met. In addition to his wisdom and knowledge, he was a kind, gentle, caring man who I feel touched the hearts of everyone he encountered. I will never forget our conversations and emails. I smile every time I think of him.
Mary Ellen Hudson, Children's Mercy Bioethics Center
December 13, 2013
Watched TV News with Hans years ago. Announcer said, "Juan Peron got his general's star after 10 years." Hans asked me, "If it took Juan Peron 10 years to get his general's star, how long would it take 2 Perons?"
Mike Crawford
December 12, 2013
I was a student at UMKC from 1979 to 1983. Dr. Uffelmann was the best professor I had there. I remember his intelligence, insight and wit. One fond memory was in a class when we got him to tell about his experience leaving Germany and coming to the United States.

I remember in a handout he once put what was listed as an unpublished maxim of his, "Practice may not make perfect but it sure does keep you busy."

Please accept my prayers and sympathy.

Reverend Joseph I. Cisetti
St. Therese North Catholic Church
December 12, 2013
Dr. Uffelmann was a life changer for me. My life has been endlessly enriched from the lessons learned in his Medical Ethics and Philosophy classes at UMKC. Sympathy to you, his family, and ongoing gratitude to him.
Peggy Loved
December 12, 2013
Dr. Uffelmann was the coach of the men's club soccer team while I was a student at UMKC. What a wonderful gentleman in both soccer and in the teaching field. My deepest sympathies to the Uffelmann family on your loss
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