Peter Hart Kaufman

October 28, 1946November 6, 2019

Peter was born October 28, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York to Leon and Beatrice Kaufman. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1968, and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles in 1971. Before working as an attorney, Peter spent time traveling the world, and worked for several years on a kibbutzim in Israel. After returning home, he began his career with the California Attorney General's Office, where he practiced law for nearly fifty years. He relocated to San Diego in the 1980s, and on February 21, 1993 he married the former Linda Bartholomew at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, CA. Peter began working as a retired annuitant in 2011, and spent the last years of his life enjoying hobbies such as biking, reading, and afternoon lunch discussions with friends. He was an avid boater and enjoyed taking his family out sailing on the bay and Pacific Ocean. He loved spending time with his dog, Baylor, who will miss his morning and afternoon walks dearly.

Peter is survived by his wife Linda Kaufman, his two daughters Paige and Brooke Kaufman, and his son Ethan Kaufman. He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Beatrice.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate if donations are made to the Jewish National Fund or the YMCA Foundation, whose La Jolla staff gave Peter’s family sixteen more wonderful months with him.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Reception Sunday, November 10, 2019


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Kaitlyn Hart

November 10, 2019

Peter changed my life. I had the blessing to be apart of the team that worked on Peter at the La Jolla YMCA. It is a day that forever changed my life, my career trajectory and my entire outlook on life. It has had a profound impact on my life. Peter and Linda were so wonderful and graceful every time I met them and I am forever grateful that I got to see Peter one last time in October.

I will always be thankful for the impact Peter had on my life and his memory will never be far from my thoughts.

Prayers to Linda and the rest of the Kaufman family.

Cheri Dentt

November 8, 2019

There are so many wonderful memories of Peter. I enjoyed talking to him about the newest electronics, photography, sports, Jewish history, current events and yes even politics. Conversations were always stimulating, relevant, and often gave me a new perspective I hadn’t thought about. He was often right, a very wise man. Even during our last conversation with him 10 days ago, he was so warm, sweet, extremely wise and asked that we keep him updated on the progress. Our family will not be the same without Peter. His deep fried turkeys and garlic potatoes will be missed. I am not sure of our path as a family without him. I feel like he was a glue and a source of reason. However, I know our family will stay strong as we go through this new journey and find peace after this very difficult loss.