Nicholas Z. Kafoglis
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Kafoglis, Nicholas Z.
Nicholas Zacharias Kafoglis passed away peacefully in Branford, Connecticut on February 9, 2019. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Pat, his parents, Kalliope and Zacharias, his step-father, Charles Danos, and his brother, Milton.
Nick was a native of Lexington, Kentucky, a first generation American and the son of proud Greek immigrants. He graduated from Henry Clay High School, did a postgraduate year at Phillips Andover Academy, and earned his BA from Yale University in 1952. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, Nick served as a Captain in the US Air Force Medical Corps.
Dr. K established his medical practice in Bowling Green, KY and was known as a caring and compassionate doctor who provided care to any who needed it. In 1971, he ran for and was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly. He fought for working people by sponsoring legislation to repeal the tax on groceries and worked to make the legislature accountable to the citizens of Kentucky. In 1986, he ran for and won the 32nd District seat in the Kentucky State Senate, representing Warren and Logan counties. Senator Kafoglis worked to improve the lives of all Kentuckians by championing reforms in education and healthcare. He was elected Senate Majority Caucus Chair by his colleagues, and he was widely praised for his leadership.
Dr. K is survived by his loving children, Ginny Wagner (Chuck), Ellen Kirtley (Ed), Zach Kafoglis (Karen) and Chris Kafoglis (Nancy); and eight grandchildren, Greg Wagner (Jenessa), Lisa Wagner, Eddie Kirtley, Nicholas Kafoglis, Christian Kafoglis, Susannah Kafoglis, Zachary Kafoglis, and Ben Kafoglis. A public memorial service will be held on March 16, 2019 at the First Christian Church, 1106 State St., Bowling Green, KY at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Patricia and Nicholas Z. Kafoglis Endowed Scholarship Fund at held by the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University. To view full obituary or to send a condolence, please visit:

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Published in The New Haven Register on Feb. 17, 2019.
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February 17, 2019
Deepest sympathies to the family. Dr. Kafoglis was a true patriot and added so much to the many lives he touched, directly and through his years of public service.
Laura Thebaud Gibbs
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