Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel

9450 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO



November 28, 1947August 31, 2020

Robert John “Bob” Kaufman, PhD, 72, passed away on August 31, 2020.

Bob was born on November 28, 1947 in St. Louis, the oldest child of Ollie and Peg Kaufman.

A blind date in 1966 introduced him to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Janice (née Schmidt), whom he married on August 29, 1970.

He was the beloved father of Emily (Matt) Leong, and Angela (Austin) Bryant, and treasured grandfather of Jackson and Kevin. Dear brother of Janet (Dan) Hughes, Carole (Dan) Johnston, and brother-in-law to Margie Lechner and the late Bill Schmidt. Bob was a loving father-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, nephew, cousin, godfather and friend to many.

A brilliant organic chemist, Bob graduated with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Missouri in 1970, followed by a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. Bob worked for Monsanto from 1974 to 1986, as Research Manager and Director of Plant Sciences. After leaving Monsanto, Bob was the Vice President of Research and Development for HemaGen/PFC, working on an artificial blood substitute. In the last 12 years of his career, Bob was a co-owner of Gateway Chemical Technology, a local custom organic synthesis lab.

Bob never knew a stranger. He made friends easily with his approachability, infectious laugh, and twinkling, if not slightly mischievous, smile. His joie de vivre was overwhelmingly large, and drew many people in.

A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, Bob was a 25 year member of the Midwest Trail Riders Association, and enjoyed both off-road dirt-biking with his friends and long, cross-country motorcycle trips on his touring cycle with Jan. A true renaissance man, Bob loved reading, skiing, hiking, fishing, and long visits with friends, sharing stories and laughter.

Above all, Bob cherished his family and spending time with them and sharing in their lives. Family was the absolute joy of his life.

There will be no services at this time; a celebration of life will be planned for 2021.

Flowers and contributions to the Saint Louis Zoo in Bob’s memory are both delightfully welcomed.


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Desiree Koczan

September 16, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the entire Kaufman Family. Bob's love for his wife, daughters and grandchildren was exponential.

Mary LaBerta

September 6, 2020

I remember seeing Emily on her dirt bike in her wedding dress with her proud Dad by her side always . I will never forget the huge smiles and feeling the love of a father and daughter . I can never remember Mr. Kaufman without a smile .
My heart hurts for all of you and you are in my family’s thoughts and prayers . 💖🙏💖

Al Lee

September 4, 2020

My first job out of school was with HemaGen and I went there because Bob was the man in charge. His infectious optimism and positive attitude was something I wanted to be part of. As time passed, he became a good friend and a mentor. His passion for hockey and the impromptu rollerblade hockey games were a great way to break up the work day and blow off some steam. We did some traveling and had fun on the ski slopes in Colorado racing down mogul fields (Em - did Jan ever find out about the yard sale on Pallavicini???). We traveled to Europe with our wives, caught a couple of shows and had dinner at a place he and Jan had been to with their girls years ago, it was Bibendum. It was the first time I dined at a restaurant that had a Michelin star. And yes, the food was amazing. Later during the trip, the wives bought us matching light purple/lavender colored "Euro-***" shirts that we later wore to a wedding after returning to St. Louis. My wife and I went out with Bob and Jan trying new and different restaurants around town. They introduced us to a then new place called Katie's Pizza on Clayton Road. Katie's has since become Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria with two locations. We're regulars there, highly recommend their seasonal prosciutto spring rolls. Just mentioning prosciutto reminds me of a business trip to New Jersey, a black Lincoln Town Car we rented, the car getting keyed and spending half an hour in a K-Mart parking lot buffing out the scratches :D Bob - thanks for all the great memories. We'll catch up in the next life.

Al Bauer

September 3, 2020

Bob, we will miss you. You were an extraordinary person. A loving husband, father and a wonderful friend. Your humor was infectious, very funny and sometimes quite strange..........but, it was you. Rest in God's grace my friend.
Jan, our prayers are with you and your family and when the time is right with you, please get in touch with us. We love you, Jo and Al

Bob "BS&G Flame keeper" Kister

September 2, 2020

Bob was not only an MTRA member, but also a member of "Blood Sweat and Gears", an informal group that hosts two dirt bike extended weekend camp outs each year. Our motto is "a once in a lifetime experience twice a year!" Most of the BS&G's Bob attended were in Chadwick Missouri, and at these events Bob was the "Grill Master", whose "beer chicken" was famous, as well as his deep fried turkey. Then during the evening the campfire was spiced up with some "hemlock" branches adding color, and cup fulls of hot cooking oil creating large bursts of flame.
We missed "Dr. Bob" at some of the more recent events, but rest assured that we have all committed to memory his attitude and approach to our beloved sport.
Bob "Flame keeper" Kister.

Joe Kuper

September 2, 2020

I knew “Dr. Bob” from our many years in the MTRA. Bob always made me smile, always friendly, could definitely get everyone riled up in a good way. My deepest condolences to all family and friends of Bob. Love you Brother, Godspeed. We’ll ride again someday.

Michael McMahon

September 2, 2020

I remember when I was only about 7-8 years old bob took me out with his family dirt bike riding. It’s been a great long journey with you bob. I looked up to bob and Jan like a second family we always took care of each other. And Jan if your reading this I’m so sorry for your loss he was a great man and always loved helping every one as much as he could. If you need anything let my family know.

Johanna Flushing

September 2, 2020

I could go on and on about Bob. He was a man who when he smiled, he lit up the neighborhood. He was there for me in good times and bad times. When he laughed, you laughed. He will truly be missed but never forgotten. I love you Bob. But always remember, as much as you cheated in basketball.... I still won. 😉

Mike Margherio

September 1, 2020

Bob was one of a kind. All his OLG buddies will miss him. Rest in peace old friend.

John Pihir

September 1, 2020

I knew Bob as upperclassmen at Mizzou and we roomed together Senior year when I met Schmidt and I was honored to be in their wedding. We spent some crazy weekends together in Cambridge. I moved away from St. Louis in 1975, but my wife and I would visit them when we came back in. We will miss Bob’s intellect, quick wit and friendship tremendously. Love you Schmidt. Godspeed.


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