Alan M. Kaufman Jr., Retired Department of Housing and Urban Development Official and Baseball Fan, Dies – The Baltimore Sun


Alan M. Kaufman Jr., a retired Department of Housing and Urban Development branch manager who was a devoted Major League Baseball fan who toured ballparks across the country, died Jan. 10 at his home in McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was 68 years old.


Mr. Kaufmann’s family said he died as a result of knife wounds allegedly inflicted by his stepson.


Mr. Kaufman attempted to intervene in a dispute between his stepson and stepson’s mother.

“I was surprised when my son attacked me and Alan tried to stop it,” said his wife, Monica Williams. “I made it out of the house and he didn’t. He was my hero. He was so brave.”

39-year-old Adam Timothy Jackson, his stepson, has been charged by Fairfax County Police with first degree murder. Jackson has not filed a petition and remains in police custody.

Mr. Kaufman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was the son of Alan M. Kaufman Sr., general manager at Baltimore’s Montgomery Ward, and Mildred Gingold, a homemaker. He was a member of the family that owned the Pittsburgh-based Kaufmans department store.

After moving to Baltimore, the family lived on South Road to Mount Washington and later in Pikesville.

Mr. Kaufman attended Mount Washington School through seventh grade when he transferred to the Gilman School.

“My brother was really good at math,” said his sister, Lauren Kaufman. “He had arithmetic in his head. He was so patient and helpful to me when I was a kid struggling academically.”

Mr. Kaufman developed his passion for baseball by listening to games on his parents’ radio. Learn to read by browsing the mathematical pages.

Gilman was a 1972 graduate and in his senior year he was part of the school’s “It’s Academic” team that successfully competed on the PBS. The team went on to claim national titles.

He has a degree in History from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He wrote his senior thesis on Negro league baseball and racial integration in Major League Baseball.

After his freshman year, he embarked on a cross-country trip to visit every Major League Baseball park.

“We bought Greyhound bus tickets and only stayed at the YMCA once, in Montreal,” said Dr. Edward “Ted” Trimble, a school friend with whom Mr. Kaufman traveled. Otherwise, we stay with our families or friends at school. Alan set our schedule. He mapped the United States and calculated the American and National League tables.”

They visited 23 cities and Mr. Kaufman wrote postcards to his then sweetheart.

Dr. Trimble said they had success attending games at all the parks except Yankee Stadium, which was undergoing renovations. Instead, they visited what was then Shea Stadium in Queens, New York.

“Alan was absolutely adorable in his love of baseball,” said Dr. Trimble.

“Alan was a humble young man, and when I got to know him, I got to know the world,” said Charles Sheppard, a friend from college. “He started something called Crabfest. We’ll start eating crabs at the Lexington Market, play softball, then have more crabs at Bud Paolino’s and go to the Yankees-Orioles game.”

Mr. Kaufman earned a law degree from New York University before joining Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer’s staff on Capitol Hill. As a high school and college student, he worked at the time on the campaigns of Democratic Senator Paul Sarbanes.

His daughter Megan Jackson said: “He was an amazing father. … He managed my football team for eight years and I never missed a single game.”

He became a housing specialist and joined the non-profit Enterprise Homes in Baltimore.

He later served as a branch director at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., where he worked to improve conditions in public housing across the United States.

“Alan was a great mentor to the people on his team. He was a go-to person with everyone he worked with,” said Thomas R. “Tom” Davis, director of HUD’s office of recapitalization. “He knew his subject incredibly well — all the arcane regulations — and he was the glue.” within the office as a whole. He was funny and caring.”

“He has touched thousands of people who have never met him,” said Mr. Davis, referring to the residents of public housing.

“It has served low-income families very well,” said Mr. Davis.

Mr. Kaufman retired on December 31, 2022.

He was a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

His wife said, “My husband told me he had a privileged life and wanted to serve others.” “He died and saved me. It was the ultimate sacrifice.”

Among the survivors is his wife, 23-year-old technology executive Monica Williams. a daughter, Megan Jackson by Frederick; and two sisters, Leslie Kaufman of Bethesda and Lauren Kaufman of Brooklyn, Massachusetts.

He was the stepfather of three children, Laura Kosner and Andy Kosner, from his first marriage to Sue Kosner, from whom he is divorced. He was also Adam’s stepfather, Timothy Jackson.

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