In Memory

Arvin Kaufman

Arvin Kaufman

Arvin Jay Kaufman died unexpectedly in Kansas City on April 7, 2017, at the age of 68. Arvin is survived by his loving mother, Selma Litwin; brothers, Dennis and Michael (Johanna) Kaufman; nephews, Jake and Joseph Kaufman and former spouse, Ruth Slawson Kaufman. Arvin was born in Kansas City on Jan. 15, 1949, to Selma and Louis Kaufman. He graduated from South West High School, went onto study at Arizona State and UNLV. He graduated from Marist College in New York, earning a Masters degree in Social Work. He lived in Los Angeles for many years beginning his career in the entertainment industry at the William Morris Agency and then at Lew Weitzman Associates as a comedy writer's agent. He went onto 20th Century Fox as the director of TV comedy entertainment and then ventured out to work at smaller production companies where he produced many television Movies of the Week, including "Someone's Watching", "Face of Evil", and "White Lies." Arvin moved to Rhinebeck, NY, and worked as a social worker with disturbed teenage boys, counseling and teaching life skills. He then moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he was director of activities for out-patient senior citizens at Care Partners. Arvin went full circle and retired to his favorite place, Kansas City. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the home of Selma and Dennis Kaufman. Please call the Louis Memorial Chapel for information. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Arvin's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter, 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137. Online condolences may be left for the family Arr.: The Louis Memorial Chapel, (816) 361-5211. 

Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 11, 2017

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04/12/17 07:07 AM #1    

Elyse (Brooke) Weinstein (Goren (Kroeger))

Such sad, sad news for one of his close cousins, born 34 days after him and who grew up a short block away, often dressed in his baby clothes (which her mother preferred because they were "more tailored," a style choice that has stayed with her.) So much a part of our family and our neighborhood tribe. Like his brothers, a special favorite of my late parents.  Loved him dearly. Rest in peace, Arvin.

04/12/17 08:07 AM #2    

John Daily

I remember Arvin as a guy with class.  That was one of his favorite words.  He used to say that Bobby Blue Bland had "class" compared to most of the other soul singers on the circuit in those days.  Obviously, Arvin recognized "class" as evidenced by his career as an agent and producer  in Hollywood.  I can only imagine his tailored baby clothes that Elyse refers to!  Arvin consistently dressed with style, but his style was on the inside too.  He'll be missed by many.

04/12/17 11:10 AM #3    

Maggie Finkel (Gilmore)

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Arvin Kaufman.  I knew Arvin since the 5th grade at Hartman. He was truly a class act. My thoughts to his family.

04/12/17 11:39 AM #4    

Buzzy Deitchman

Arvin was a friend and Sigma Brother.  I appreciate the posting of his very full life.  His memory will be a blessing.  This has reminded me that it is never too late to reconnect with old friends.  I feel a greater sense of loss that someone I was close to becamed a lost memory for no reason other then the effort  to reach out.  

04/12/17 08:27 PM #5    

Jenifer Hearne (Megaris)

Sorry to hear this. Arvin was a nice guy. I do remember him dressing really well and having some alpaca (I think) sweaters that looked so good on him. Prayers for comfort for his family.

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