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Gary Milton Kaufmann

Gary Milton Kaufmann
  • September 10, 1946 - December 12, 2019
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • To commemorate his life, donations may be made to:
  • American Cancer Society, c/o Hope Lodge
    132 W 32nd Street
    New York, NY 10001

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“Gary was my mentor and my friend. I am so thankful that I was able to see his kindness, humor, and wisdom close up. My condolences to you Linda -...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Darren Higginbotham - IN

“Did not know Dr. Kaufmann at all. As a one time police officer, thank you for your service. Sounds like his life made quite an impact on all the men...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Chris Carlson - Shawnee, KS

“Always enjoyed the Trivial Pursuit game with Gary, Linda and the rest of the neighborhood in Haslett. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Steve Parks - Springport, MI

“Linda - I am so very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was such a kind man, and I always thought you two were one of the best matched couples ever....Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Ellen Jones - East Lansing, MI


5 of 12 | Posted by: Janis Carr - Perry, MI

“I met Dr. Gary when an East Lansing Police Officer was killed on duty. His services was well needed and appreciated. Blessing to him and his family...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Dan kPurtill - Lupton, MI

“I remember the time Gary flew me in from California as a surprise birthday gift for you. As he took you to the local airport, you kept guessing what...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara DuCharme - Anderson, SC

“Linda and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I have such good memories of good times over the years. My God wrap your in his arms and...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: mary Jo Hummel ( Riedinger) - MI

“Dear Linda, I so wish I had comforting words that would ease your grief and give you peace. Gary obviously had such a positive impact on so very...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Fairchild-Fitzke - MI


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11 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

Darnell and Gary. We were sending her off to Afganistan.  And faking smiles.
12 of 12 | Posted by: A friend


Gary M. Kaufmann, age, 73, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, died on December 12, 2019. He retired from the Michigan State Police as it's psychologist for 22 years. Throughout that time, and even the years beyond his retirement, "Doc", as he was called, helped countless police officers, their families, and citizens. Gary became nationally known as an expert police psychologist; he took that expertise to the National Association of Chiefs of Police where he served as the chair of the behavioral science section. He was instrumental in developing one of the first Post Traumatic Stress Disorder screening protocols for returning war veterans.

Gary is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda Kuchek Kaufmann. After Gary's retirement, he and Linda moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC, and he worked briefly as a counselor at the Citadel and then at Joint Base Charleston as a clinical psychologist for the 628th medical group; he specialized in support of security forces and explosive ordinance disposal teams.

Gary is also survived by his mother, Ilse Koven, and sister, Janice Kaufmann. Gary not only enjoyed his travels throughout the world with Linda, but also the game of golf, his dogs, and his many friends.

Along with his family and friends, the police and military communities mourn the loss of this genuinely kind man. Dr. Gary Kaufmann was a consummate professional. He always had a smile on his face and love in his heart. His next friend was the person that he was yet to meet. His family, friends, and the people he served, will always remember him as a friend, a confidante, and a man of great compassion.

To commemorate his life, donations can be made in his name to American Cancer Society, in care of Hope Lodge, 132 W 32nd St. New York, NY. 10001, the facility that provides free lodging to cancer patients during their treatment.