Hal S. Kaufman

Hal S. Kaufman, 60, a resident of Manvel, Texas, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2017, after a long courageous battle with cancer. His wife, two sons and close family friend Liquita Thompson Lewis were at his side as he peacefully transitioned. Hal was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. We rejoice in knowing that he is now completely healed.

Hal was born on June 11, 1957 in Bronx, New York to Fred and Joan Kaufman (nee Herman). One of four children, he graduated from Texas A &M University with Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.  While employed at MD Anderson Cancer Center he worked as a Sr. Architect and Sr. Project Manager.

Hal was sincere, honest, thoughtful, proud, and witty beyond measure. Hal’s children were his shining achievement in life. He was the best husband a woman could ever have – loyal, faithful, best friend – Hal was Dana’s whole world. He will be missed by so many.

Hal is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Dana; sons Brad, Ross and Neil; daughter Andrea; sister Ruth Tucker and her husband Jimmy; brother David and his wife Donna; a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Hal is preceded in death by his father Fred; mother, Joan; and sister Paula.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hal’s doctors, Dr. Gauri Varadhachary and Dr. Dickson; nurse Kaitlin, nurse Rita, nurse Yaa and nurse Emily who treated him with such respect and dignity throughout his illness. The family is also grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support in many heartfelt forms.

A celebration of Hal’ s life will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:00 am at The Church on Master’s Road in Manvel, Texas with a reception following at the church. Pastor Jason Lee will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to The American Cancer Society,  (donate3.cancer.org) or Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University, (tx.ag/memorialgiving) in memory of Hal.


“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement.”    – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Comments for Hal S. Kaufman's Obituary


  1. Mary Taylor

    3 years ago  

    Mr.Hal was a patient at Karsil Dental Professional for many years.We had great talks about what he was going through but not one time did he have anything negative to say.He always had a smile on his face.He will truly be missed by the staff at Karsil.Ms. Dana our hearts go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow.It was a pleasure to have him and to know him as a patient.

  2. Alma McLemore

    3 years ago  

    I have great respect for Hal and his work ethics. He was a fighter and shared his positivity in any way he could. He will surely be missed. May he rest in peace.

  3. Phillip Newcomb P.E.

    3 years ago  

    Hal was definitely a very caring person, very personnel in sharing his thoughts, and seriously managed his projects. It was always a pleasure to work with Hal on his projects and on some we had some good laughs. I am so sorry to read of his passing, I know Hal will definitely be missed by all who knew him. I also have an aggressive stage 4 cancer, and had my prostate gland removed. Radiation treatments will be happening within a month. Like Hal lived his life, I am also living day to day with a lot of hope, good thoughts, and as a Deacon, I am spending a lot of time at church where I am involved with a new building construction project. To know and work with Hal was truly a blessing.

  4. 3 years ago  

    I worked with Hal during my tenure with MD Anderson, and there was no better person that supported my team than Hal and Dan. I have long since moved away, but my administrator Ms. Harmon sent this to me. I myself turn 60 this November, and life is just getting ready to be lived. So I pray for his family, children, wife and love ones in this great loss. What I can say to you and yours, is that you will see him again, and know he will till that day always look over you. God and his everlasting love be with you.

  5. Steve Horswell

    3 years ago  

    I haven’t had much contact with Hal in the last couple of years, as I’m retired from M D Anderson. But as a fellow architect, I remember him as a hard worker and a delightful person to be around. Yes, he could vent about things sometimes. Didn’t we all at some time or another? But that made him more human and a great human being. My prayer is that his family members find peace and that Hal is at peace with the Lord.

  6. Cindy Hartt

    3 years ago  

    I only knew Hal for a short months but he said good morning everyday. He never let his illness get him down. I just knew he would beat it! But the good lord needed another angel and he got a good one!! Hal, you will be missed by soooo many! God bless your family!!!

  7. Leslie Tatar

    3 years ago  

    May Hal’s memory be a blessing to all that knew him. He will be missed by so many here at MD Anderson.

  8. Sandy Schoen

    3 years ago  

    Hal was not only a co-worker, he was my dear friend. He was my partner-in-crime regarding work and I already miss him greatly. His responsible dedication, along with his quiet wittiness, made working together fun and successful. He was a true, genuine and caring human and my life has been enriched by having known him. I’m sad he’s gone, yet pleased he no longer suffers. May he rest in peace.

    To the entire family, local and those that live afar, please accept my deepest sympathy and may God bless you all.

  9. Cheryl Crim-Morgan

    3 years ago  

    The most important work a person can do is teach, care for and love their children. I know this because of the profound impact my parents had on my life. To be loved so fully by a parent(s) can carry one for a lifetime. Hal definitely seemed to be this person ….coaching, teaching supporting and comforting. Well done Hal!

  10. Brenda Galena

    3 years ago  

    Hal was a very wise and caring person. His humor was one of kind and he would keep me laughing. I will miss my daily conversations with him. Hal was such a great friend and will be deeply missed. I am still so amazed by his strength, courage and positivity. Our last conversation was that he was not going to let this illness win. I hate that he lost this battle but it gives me comfort to know that he will not be suffering any longer. My heart goes out to his family.

    • Dana Kaufman

      3 years ago  

      Thank you Brenda. I loved Hal’s sense of humor.

  11. Brian Welch

    3 years ago  

    Hal was more than a coworker is was my friend. Someone I could trust and learn from. He taught a lot and I will always remember him those things.

    • Dana Kaufman

      3 years ago  

      Thank you Brian. Hal often spoke of you and he valued your friendship.

  12. Henry Walker

    3 years ago  

    Hal was an amazing friend, husband and exceptional human being. A great soul, may he rest in peace. Sorry to hear about this news. We stand with you in this time of need.

    • Dana Kaufman

      3 years ago  

      Thank you Henry. You all are amazing

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