Deceased October 30, 1973
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Tom Kaufman grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and attended New Trier High School. While at Amherst, Tom excelled in both the cerebral (chess, dean’s list) and the athletic (tennis, squash, coxswain for varsity crew.) He earned the respect and admiration of his DU brothers as College chess champion and an excellent bridge player. Because of Tom’s small stature, Bob Blanck nicknamed him 10-Pin, a name that stuck. “While he was upset about it for a while,” Bob recalls, “in our senior year he came up to me and thanked me, and said, ‘Don't ever call me anything else.’”
Tom competed in 19th century costume against Williams in the chess competition that formed part of the 1959 centennial re-creation of the first intercollegiate baseball game. Despite his extensive extra-curricular involvement, which also included work on the Student, Tom graduated with honors in Economics.
After Amherst, Tom went to Harvard Law School. At Harvard, where he concentrated in tax law, he once again found time for outside activities. Among other things, he was an expert at bridge, complete with master’s points. Late night games often involved ’61 classmates such as Dick Klein, Burt Rein, Eric Fox.
Following Harvard, Tom joined the Internal Revenue Service in the Office of the General Counsel in New York, where he lived in lived on the upper east side. He simultaneously took further courses at New York University, earning an LLM in taxation in 1967. Tom then returned to Chicago to practice, eventually joining the firm of Rosenthal and Schanfield, where he specialized in federal taxation.
Tom died of Hodgkin’s Disease on October 30, 1973, in Evanston, Illinois. He actively pursued his law practice until five weeks before his death, although he had known about his condition for five years. It is typical of Tom’s unselfish character and inner strength that he told virtually no one of his illness.