BRUCE KAUFFMANN
1948 - 2020
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Bruce Kauffmann  1948-2020 (Age 72)  
Bruce G. Kauffmann of Alexandria, VA, died Saturday, July 18, 2020 at home with his beloved family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy Harmatz; two daughters, Remy and Joanna Kauffmann; and siblings Sam, Louise, Margaret, and Jay Kauffmann. Bruce was born in Princeton, NJ and grew up in Albany, NY where he attended the Albany Academy. He was a fiercely proud University of Virginia Alumni, which he shared with his oldest daughter, Remy, and made a career from his passion for writing, which he shared with his younger daughter, Joanna. With his wife, Judy, he shared a love of travel, exercise, social gatherings with friends, and raising their two daughters. He was part of the Kauffmann newspaper family, which owned the Washington Star for generations. While at the American Gas Association, Bruce began writing a weekly history column that appeared in newspapers across the country and online. Following his retirement, Bruce's History Lessons became his fulltime job. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, devoted friends, and loyal readers. Contributions can be made to the Bruce Kauffmann Lecture Series at the Albany Academies. A celebration of Bruce is scheduled for a later date.

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Published in The Washington Post on Jul. 27, 2020.
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September 8, 2020
I hated history before I encountered Bruce's column. He brought history to life for me with his story approach and lifted my life-time prejudice against it. I was very sad to hear of his death. Condolences to his family on their great loss.
Gay Galvin
July 29, 2020
I HAVE BEEN READING AND ENJOYING MR. KAUFFMANN'S " HISTORY LESSONS" IN THE OBSERVER-REPORTER NEWSPAPER, WASHINGTON, PA. FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I WAS SADDENED TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING AND WISH TO EXTEND MY HEART-FELT SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SO MANY TIMES, I WOULD READ HIS COLUMN
AND SAY "I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!" IT WAS SO INFORMATIVE AND I WILL MISS HIS WRITINGS!
JOANN LLOYD
July 28, 2020
As an educator and student of history I have read his column faithfully in our local Dubuque paper, The Telegraph Herald. I admired how he presented historical figures and their impact on society. I’m saddened by his loss and would love for the family to publish a compilation of all of his columns.
R. Dickinson
Student
July 28, 2020
As an educator and historical studies, I have read his column faithfully in our local Dubuque paper, The Telegraph Herald. I admired how he presented historical figures and their impact on society. I’m saddened by his columns and would love for the family to publish a compilation of all of his columns.
R. Dickinson
Student
July 27, 2020
I was so sorry to read of Bruce's passing. A long time ago, Bruce, his brother Sam and I were all summer attendees at a swim camp run by the Head Swim Coach of Springfield College, Charles Silvia, called Pine Knoll Swim School. I remember an excellent swimmer and a very personable young man, although this was about 55 years ago. My condolences to his immediate family and his brother Sam.
Steven Taube
July 27, 2020
This photo was taken of Bruce during one of hundreds of great political discussions around the family dining room table. We need him now more than ever. Gone too soon.
Joel
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