Former Foundation Chair, John Augustus Kaufman, Dies

From the The Brunswick News

John Augustus Kaufman, 76, of St. Simons Island died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

Mr. Kaufman was a lifelong resident of Glynn County and was a member of the 1954 graduating class at Glynn Academy. He graduated from Mercer University in 1958 with a B.A. in Economics and attended Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

He was a distinguished military graduate of Mercer University ROTC and was a commissioned second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in March of 1958. He graduated from basic Quartermaster Corps School in Ft. Lee, Va., where he served as a public information officer and athletic officer of the 543 Quartermaster group. He retired from the Army reserve with the rank of captain.

Mr. Kaufman joined Parker-Kaufman Realtors and Insurors in 1959 and served as executive vice president, president and CEO. His professional organizations and designations included the Appraisal Institute - SRA and RM designations and served as the Savannah area chapter president; the National Association of Realtors - Realtor Emeritus and served as director from 1970 to 1978; Commercial and Investment Division CCIM designation; Appraisal Division GAA and RAA designations; Institute of Real Estate Management, CPM designation; president of Georgia chapter and Charter South Georgia president; and the Georgia Association of Realtors, Graduate Realtors Institute GRI designation, where he served as state president in 1970.

Mr. Kaufman was very active in the community and served as a deacon and chairman of the finance committee at the First Baptist Church of Brunswick; chairman of the Georgia Baptist Convention Foundation; master of Ocean Lodge No. 214 F & A.M.; chairman of the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation; president of the Brunswick Rotary Club; chairman of the Brunswick chapter of the American Cancer Society; trustee and vice-chairman of Frederica Academy; director and secretary of the board at SunTrust Bank of Southeast Georgia; president of the Escort's Club; president of Sea Island Property Owner's Association; trustee at Scottish Rite Hospital of Atlanta, now Children's Hospital of Atlanta; and member of the Community Chorus, in which he performed "Messiah" for the past 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Craddock Kaufman; three children, John "Jay" Craddock Kaufman, Julie Christian Kaufman and Patrick Carr Kaufman; five grandchildren, Merritt Kaufman, Keaton Kaufman, Arden Kaufman, Patrick Carr Kaufman Jr. and John Augustus Kaufman II.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Brunswick with the Rev. Jim Wigham, Dr. Robert Mounts and the Rev. Jimmy Crandall officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be William C. Smith, J. Thomas Whelchel, Thomas Sublet, Malcolm Seckinger, Raymond Mock, Newell Hamilton, Jack Hartman, Bill Downey, William W. Parker, David Ingold, Fred Tullos, Bernie Annis, Ron Maulden, David Smith, Steve McNichols, Dwayne Johnson, Frank Cerrato, Douglas C. Adamson Jr., Richard Altman, Carroll Palmatery and the Glynn Academy class of 1954.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville Heart Transplant Department or to Autism Speaks.

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Release Date: 11/26/2012
Source: The Brunswick News

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