Garth E. Kauffman, 92; Ad Exec Who Served Greenwich Academy Board of Trustees

Garth Kauffman.
Garth Kauffman.

From Legacy.com.
Garth E. Kauffman, of Salisbury, formerly of Greenwich, passed away at age 92 on May 27, 2014, at his home in Salisbury.

Garth was born in Philadelphia, PA, on May 4, 1922, a son of the late Violet Melbourne and Harold Kauffman.

Following graduation from St. Lawrence University in 1943, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Garth served in WWII as an LCT officer in the Anzio and Southern France invasions and as a gunnery officer on the USS Enterprise in the Pacific.

After Harvard Business School, Class of 1949, he began a 30-year career in advertising, retiring from Young & Rubicam in New York as a vice president. He then became Director of Development at the Greenwich Academy where he had been President of the Board of Trustees and where his daughters were fourth generation alumnae. He also was a former Trustee of St. Lawrence University and president of its Alumni Association.

He was active in many community, political, and club activities, and was a former member of The University Club in New York, The Stanwich Country Club and The Field Club of Greenwich, and The Sharon Country Club in Sharon, CT.

He and his wife attended The Stanwich Congregational Church. Garth and his wife Bobby bought land on the Twin Lakes in Salisbury in 1970 and moved there permanently in 1978. Since then, for almost four decades, Garth devoted a good deal of his time to town government, particularly in the finance area, and he took great joy in the care of his home and property on the lake.

Garth and Bobby had a lovely western view of the Taconic range, a gift they enjoyed in all seasons. Garth was a devoted husband, father and grandfather whose home was always filled with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara "Bobby/Bobo" Banks, in 2013.

He is survived by his daughters Tracy Kauffman Agro of Greenwich, her husband Daniel Agro and their children Timothy, Peter, and Grace, and Christy Valentine of Mbale, Uganda, her husband Pastor Alan Valentine, and their children Benjamin and his wife Anne, Chelsea, William, and Banks, and a nephew and four nieces.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617, or to Salisbury Visiting Nurses of Salisbury, CT.

Kenny Funeral Homes, Sharon, CT has care of all arrangements.


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