Marvin E. Kauffman

Aug. 31, 1933 – Aug. 15, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Dr. Marvin E. Kauffman passed away at his home in Pearland, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 at the age of 85.   Dr. Kauffman also resided in Red Lodge, Montana.  

He is survived by his wife, Sue, as well as seven children (with first wife Dottie Hammon) and Sue’s three children:  Dorie Culp, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; Barbie Matthie, Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania; Doug Kauffman, Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Betsy DiNardo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Ruth Kauffman, El Paso, Texas; Peter Kauffman, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Phil Kauffman, York, Pennsylvania; Caryn Cox, Pearland, Texas; Cayce Dowell, El Lago, Texas; and Tod Cox, Reno, Nevada.  In addition, he is survived by 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Leah “Pat,” his father, Ivan, his sister, Edith Geist, and brother, Leon Kauffman.

Dr. Kauffman was born in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.   Dr. Kauffman received his undergraduate education at Franklin & Marshall College (1955), and then went on to earn his Master’s Degree from Northwestern University (1957) and his Doctorate from Princeton University (1960).  He taught Geology at Franklin & Marshall for 25 years before moving to Alexandria, Virginia, as Executive Director of the American Geological Institute, and finally Program Director for the National Science Foundation.  For more than 50 years he taught Field Geology programs at the Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association in Red Lodge, Montana.  

Dr. Kauffman co-authored a leading textbook on Physical Geology with Dr. Sheldon Judson of Princeton University.  He also authored many papers in the field of the geosciences.

A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 7, 2019 at the Clubhouse in BellaVita, Pearland, Texas, and at the Nevin Chapel on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

A third Celebration will be held in Red Lodge in July, 2020.

Donations may be sent to either of the following:

Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (Y.B.R.A.)

c/o Dennis McGinnis, P.O. Box 20598

Billings, MT. 59104

Geoscience Founders Society: Marv Kauffman Field Camp Scholarship Program

Franklin & Marshall 


P.O. Box 3003

Lancaster, PA