Marvin Kauffman

September 23, 1925July 1, 2014

Marvin Kauffman was a truly remarkable man. He was a loving husband, beloved father and grandfather, and inspiring educator, with a positive, engaging manner.

Marvin always had a song and big smile to brighten our world. He was born in South Philadelphia on September 23, 1925, to Phillip, a first generation immigrant from Kiev, Ukraine and Ethel Kauffman. “Ducky” was an accomplished high school athlete, playing football, baseball, and sprinting. After high school, he enlisted in the Army, and was trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and in Jacksonville, Florida. He was transferred to the European Theater to fight in the “Big One” – World War II, as the leader of a team dismantling mines and booby-traps in the Battle of the Bulge in French Territory.

After the war, Marvin went to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania on the GI Bill where he majored in Accounting and became a CPA. He later received his Masters in Accounting from Temple University. After joining a local accounting firm, Marvin decided to start his own accounting and tax consulting firm, serving Philadelphia and surrounding towns. He enjoyed helping and inspiring young people and shared his knowledge and practical experience as an Associate Professor of Accounting at Temple University. Known as “Mr. Consolidations”, he was one of the most popular and acclaimed professors at Temple, winning the Distinguished Faculty Award twice, the Accounting Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award, various Beta Alpha Psi Awards and numerous others over three decades. Marvin remains as an Emeritus Associate Professor of Accounting at Temple University.

He married the love of his life, Elaine of Swampscott, MA, running down the aisle to claim his bride on their wedding day, December 24, 1961. Their family started in Moorestown, NJ, with Mr. Chips, the golden retriever, and the births of their two children, Mike and Lori in Moorestown, New Jersey. In the middle of that, Marvin attended PhD courses at New York University and completed all requirements for the PhD except for his Spanish language requirement, which he refused to take. Marvin shared his athleticism by coaching little league baseball in Wynnewood, PA for many years. He was active Wynnewood Players Community Theatre, where he started with his singing and acting. Marvin was an avid tennis player and golfer throughout much of his life. He maintained his busy accounting practice and teaching, and published a short book on key principles in management accounting in 2010. He retired to Naples, Florida for over three decades, subsequently moving to Boston, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elaine, children Michael and Lori, and grandchildren Nicole, Danielle, Amir and Dor. He will be missed by all.


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Linda F. Warren

September 17, 2014

Mr. Kauffman was not only my best accounting professor at Temple University, his words of wisdom has nourished me throughout my accounting career. Mr. Kauffman said there are good, bad and great accountants and I can say because of his belief in me, his encouragement, and wisdom, I am a great accountant. Over the years, I have been in competition with CPAs for various positions, and I know because of the "Kauffman Edge", I have managed always to get the J-O-B. I am proud and honored to have been a student of Mr. Kauffman. He has been and will continue to be the person that I reflect upon when I am perplexed by accounting problems. Almost 40 years later, I still ask myself "what would Mr. Kauffman say". May God bless, Mr. Kauffman's family and remind them that he will always live on in me and all of the students that he shared his gift of the accounting profession.

Len Podolin

July 8, 2014

Marv, as he liked being called even by his students, was the best teacher I had at Temple. His intelligence, competence, friendliness, availability, and positive attitude, were exceeded only by his obvious happiness with life. What a wonderful guy!

Michael Kauffman

July 8, 2014

I'm a bit biased because Marvin is my father. What a great father, and I was also lucky enough to attend a few of his classes at Temple. Even though I ended up in medicine/science, he brought life to accounting and to his actual students. And I benefitted from his teaching and insights with clever tricks in math (multiplying by 11, dividing by 3's and 9's, others). He was a great inspiration up in the classroom, and also when he took me to some of his clients (I helped with the book entries and check reconciliations). It is wonderful for us, his family, to hear the kudos you have all shared, and we wish you the very best. His legacy lives on.

July 7, 2014

As sad as the loss is, it brought back wonderful memories of my dad Herman, and Marvin together through their early careers. Unless I am wrong, I remember going to the 1960 Eagles Championship with him and my dad.
Nathan Zinberg

Charles Sacchetti

July 7, 2014

I had the honor of being one of Mr. Kauffman's accounting students at Temple University, for several courses, in the mid 60's. To put it simply, he was my favorite and best teacher. His way of relating to his students was unique in that I knew he truly loved us so when he kiddingly called you a "dummy" it was like a loving father chastising you in order to make you better. I worked at the university for 13 years after I graduated and we stayed in contact. One day he chided me, in his own inimitable way, "get out of here and do better. You're too comfortable." I took his advice and pursued a career in sales that has been most rewarding for the last 31 years. It never would have happened unless Marv cared enough to take the time to teach me a lesson even after being out of school for a long time. God bless him and his entire family. I shall never forget him.

Steven Petchon

July 7, 2014

What a truly terrific teacher Marvin Kauffman was. He stands out as one of the best teachers I ever had. I had him for several classes at Temple, and sought him out as a professor because he was such a great teacher. My condolences to his family, but rest assured that Marvin achieved so much at Temple U. I graduated in Accounting went on to work for an accounting firm, in part because of the impact Marvin had on me as a young student.

Arthur Scherr

July 7, 2014

Mr. Kauffman was my accounting professor at Temple for one semester. Besides being a great accounting teacher, he taught me a few other things about life that I have adhered to and which has helped to make me a better person, I'm sure. Thank you Mr. Kauffman.

Bob Allen

July 6, 2014

Marvin Kauffman was the greatest Accounting Professor I have known at Temple University. Taught me everything I know as a CPA and Educator. A great man. Deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family.