Obituary: Stuart F. Kaufman / Accountant who took to running as a retiree

STUART F. KAUFMAN May 7, 1922 - Sept. 22, 2012

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Stuart F. Kaufman, who was a top auditor for Pittsburgh National Bank and PNC Financial Services before becoming a competitive runner into his 80s after retirement, died Saturday in his Mt. Lebanon home after enduring multiple health problems. He was 90.

Mr. Kaufman, a low-key man who enjoyed both sports and numbers, was general auditor for one of Pittsburgh's prominent financial institutions for more than two decades through the mid-1980s. The University of Buffalo and Wharton School of Business graduate oversaw dozens of other auditors in ensuring the accuracy of the bank's financial numbers.

He was a Buffalo native brought to Pittsburgh by his career in 1963. He had always been trim, but not much of an exerciser, until taking up running after retirement. Morning gatherings with like-minded joggers at the high school track in Mt. Lebanon led to numerous entries in 5K and 10K events in his 60s, 70s and 80s.

Mr. Kaufman brought home numerous trophies, medals and plaques as tops in his age group, though in some cases he was the only one running in that group.

He was a World War II veteran who served in the Army in Europe as a French translator, thanks to proficiency he acquired studying the language in high school. He would sing French songs for others throughout his life. He also wrote and recited poetry, primarily for the benefit of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Esther; a son, John D. Kaufman of San Francisco; and a daughter, Barbara L. Kaufman of Shadyside.

A graveside service will be at noon today at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery's Temple Emanuel section.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne PA 15110.

Arrangements are by Ralph Schugar Chapel.

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Gary Rotstein: grotstein@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1255.


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