Dr. Christopher Kaufman

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Dr. Christopher James Kaufman, 55
GORHAM - Christopher James Kaufman, 55, of Gorham, died on March 28, 2017, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2015, and courageously battled this disease for 15 months with his loving family and friends by his side.
Dr. Kaufman was born in Flushing, Queens on May 5, 1961, the son of Frederick and Diane Kaufman. He was raised in Smithtown Long Island and graduated from Smithtown High School in 1979 and from SUNY Purchase College in 1983. In 1987, he received a Masters and Professional Diploma Degree in Clinical School Psychology from the City College of New York, and in 1993 a Ph.D. in Education Psychology with a specialization in Clinical School Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. After receiving his doctorate, he began his professional career as a school psychologist for the Casper, Wyoming Public School System, and then accepted a position as a clinical child psychologist with the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Concord, N.H. In 1999, he moved with his family to Maine to accept the position as the lead psychologist for the Portland Public School System. In 2011 he resigned from this position and established his private practice, Kaufman Psychological Services.
During his career in Maine, Dr. Kaufman helped countless number of children and their parents understand learning issues and improve their school performance. He also provided workshops on a range of brain-based learning topics to teachers, administrators, and clinicians throughout New England, the country, and Europe. In 2010, Dr. Kaufman published his book, Executive Function in the classroom, through Brooks Publishing. It remains a best seller on Amazon, and he was working with his publisher on writing a second edition. He will be forever remembered as a dedicated clinician, advocate for students and teachers, impassioned champion of education, and a kind and generous soul.
Dr. Kaufman loved the ocean and had many fond memories of spending time on the water with his parents and siblings on the Long Island Sound. He loved to travel and eagerly looked forward to family "adventures" abroad. Prior to his death, his family was planning a trip to Italy. He requested that his family spread his ashes both in the Tuscany region of Italy and Martin's Point, Maine; where he looked out from his Portland School office.
Dr. Kaufman is survived and will be forever missed by his loving and devoted wife, Sara and his two wonderful daughters, Mia, 19 and Sophia, 14, whom will always feel his infinite love and guidance; his father Frederick Kaufman and mother Diane Kaufman of Scarborough; his mother-in-law Mary Elizabeth Stover of Oakland, Md.; his sister Tracy Kaufman Samoyoa and her husband John Samoyoa of Katonah, N.Y.; his brother John Kaufman and his wife Anita O'Neil Kaufman of Wauwatosa, Wis.; his sister-in-law Elizabeth Stover Bogaty and her husband Bill Bogaty of Pittsburgh, Pa.; his brother-in-law Dwight Stover Jr. of Oakland, Md.; nephews Alex Samoyoa, Christopher Stover; and niece Maeve Kaufman.
A celebration of Dr. Kaufman's life and a memorial walk to raise funds for brain cancer research is planned for the latter part of June.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to:
Dana Farber Cancer Institute at http://www.dana-farber.org/
how-to-help or:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at www.hospiceofsouthernmain.org


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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 2, 2017