Dr. Adolph Frederick Kauffmann, III passed away at Methodist Hospital in San
Antonio, Texas on October 12, 2011. Dr. Kauffmann was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to Adolph Frederick Kauffmann, Jr. and Nannette Rudisill Kauffmann on March 5, 1919. Dr. Kauffmann grew up in Kenedy, Texas where his grandfather, who had come to the United States from Germany through Galveston, Texas with his father and three brothers, owned an early mercantile store and the first Model T Ford in the state. He soon began to sell Model T’s. As a child, Dr, Kauffmann worked daily before and after school at his grandfather’s store and later at the automobile dealership, but his big dream always was to become a doctor. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where his grandfather was a founder, and then graduated from Medical School at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where he was in the top of his class. He completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and his residency at UT Medical Branch in Galveston becoming a board certified surgeon. Dr. Kaufmann married Virginia Holland in 1941. After completing his Internship he joined the Navy, serving in the Pacific Theatre of Operation until the end of the WW II. After the War, Dr. Kauffmann returned to Galveston, Texas where he was a resident on the staff of UT Medical Branch in Galveston. In 1950 he moved to Fort Worth, Texas to join the staff at Harris Hospital. He served for a time as Chief Surgeon at Harris Hospital where he practiced for many years. He was a pioneer in the early stages of reconstruction surgery for breast implants in cancer patients. Dr. Kauffmann retired from his surgical practice in 1992. After his retirement, Dr. Kauffmann moved to Boerne, Texas and continued to be involved in the medical community by helping clinics and doctor's offices across Texas with diagnostics for their worker's compensation patients. He was working until the day he was hospitalized.
Dr. Kauffmann was a member of the College Board of Surgeons, the American Medical
Association, Singleton Surgical Society, Texas Surgical Society and Tarrant
County Medical Society. He served at one time as President of Texas Surgical Society.
He was a member of Rivercrest Country Club, The Steeplechase Club, The Artillery Club in Galveston, Texas, and Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club in Boerne.
Texas. He was a long time member of Rotary Club International and was a
Paul Harris Fellow.
Adolph is survived by his beloved sister Nancy Kauffmann Avant of Kenedy, Texas.
He is survived by his three daughters by his first wife, Virginia Holland Kauffmann: Ginger Head Gearheart (Joe), Janet Hardin (Ned), Debbie Koelling (Chuck) and their five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren including: Trey and Holland Hardin of Fort Worth, Commander Albon Head (Molly) and their four daughters Caitlin, Michaela, Lily and Sara of Norfolk, Virginia, Tyler Head (Hannah) and their two sons Wilkes and Michael of Fort Worth, Texas and Robert Head (Brenna) and their son Robert of Washington DC.
He is also survived by his wife Shyrl Kauffmann of Boerne, and their daughter
Angelica Kauffmann of San Antonio, Texas, and their grandchildren Melissa Madison Kauffmann-Rogers and Unity Anne Lopez of San Antonio and many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Kauffmann touched many thousands of lives through his medical practice and never met a stranger. His daughters remember patients coming to the door of their home throughout their youth. He was a brilliant, kind and loving man who loved all genres of music and dancing to the music of the forties. He was a great lover of nature and an avid fisherman and hunter of wild game. He loved to travel and indeed traveled the globe, His memory and his jovial and eternally positive nature will be cherished by all who loved him.
The Visitation was held at the Eckol's Funeral Home in Kenedy, Texas on October 14
with funeral and graveside services on Saturday October 15. Dr. Kauffmann was laid to rest with full military honors provided by a Navy Honor Guard next to his parents and grandparents in Kennedy Texas. Officiating was Reverend Robert Johnston from Victoria, Texas. Pallbearers were US Navy Commander Albon Head, Tyler Kauffmann Head (Retired Major US Marine Corps), Robert Holland Head (Lieutenant in US Navy Reserves), Trey Hardin, Jim Avant, Allen Borden, Ned Hardin, and Joseph Gearheart.
Donations in Dr. Kauffmann’s honor can be made to Harris Methodist Hospital, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Agssociation or to a charity of your choice.