I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
He was one of my first professors at UNG when I decided to start university in 2011 at the age of 26. He was passionate about education and made a huge impression on me. An 'A' in his class was hard earned and something to be proud of. I learned so much from him and loved that his socks matched his sweater pretty much every day :)
Rest in peace, Dr. Kauffeldt.
Jonas was the kindest and friendliest of colleagues. Upper-level students loved his World War I course especially; many took it as a mark of their advancement as historians to be taking one of Dr. Kauffeldt's courses. This is a tragic loss for our department and the whole UNG community. May his memory be a blessing.
This saddens me deeply. Dr. Kauffeldt was a fantastic instructor and will be missed. His enthusiasm during class motivated me to be a better student during my time at UNG. His history of the Crusades was one of my favorite yet difficult classes. Rest in peace Dr. Kauffeldt and peace to your family.
Oh, I am so sad to hear this. Dr. Kauffledt made a huge impression on me in his honors history course. He had high expectations, but he was very generous with his time and a kind man. He is almost certainly one of the reasons I pursued a PhD myself. I am so sorry for your loss, and please know that he had an enormous impact on his students.
Dr. Kauffeldt was without a doubt, the most influential professor of my college career. At a time when I felt lost and was unsure of anything I was doing in college, Dr. Kauffeldt was there. He would spend hours upon hours in his office talking to me, not just about history but about life, about goals. I did not have the fortune of having parents or anyone who would help me prepare for college, but Dr. Kauffeldt was there without hesitation. When I doubted myself, he pushed me. I know that, without a doubt, I would not be where I am now without him. At every turn he was there, not just as a professor but as a mentor, as someone who always had my back. My only regret is that, after graduation, I had felt unable to tell him. Struggle fell on my life and I felt ashamed to tell him. And by the time I finally have gotten things together, I am too late to tell him. Dr. Kauffeldt, you changed my life, you were guidance when I needed it, a mentor for the students who didn't have much else. I proudly carry your teachings of over five classes and near a hundred office hours that you gladly gave for your students, because that's who you were. I only hope that I can live up to what you prepared me for.
The loss of Dr. Kauffeldt is deeply felt by the UNG community. May he rest in peace and his memory be a blessing to his colleagues, students, friends and family.
Dr. Kauffeldt also shared his knowledge with the BULLI program at Brenau University. As a senior learner, I appreciated his ability to fill in those gaps that clarify both history and today's events. We will miss the joy in learning that he provided.
Went to graduate school with him. Had many conversations. Always nice, empathic I really enjoyed being around him. I know he was a great teachers, I will be thinking about him, his family and his student who all will miss him.
Jonas and I shared a graduate assistants' office in the history department at Florida State University in the early 2000s. We had many wonderful conversations about all sorts of topics. (One about public transit sticks out in my mind just now.) I lost touch with him after we both graduated, and I am so saddened by the news of his passing. I'm glad to know he remained in the Lutheran faith, and I hope to see him again in the next life.
I got to know Jonas in graduate school. He was always so warm and friendly. We had a mutual interest in the history of World War II, and I always enjoyed our conversations about that period as well as other historical subjects. I am sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his brother, family, and friends.
I am very saddened to hear about Dr. Kauffeldt’s passing. Like the rest of the UNG history department, he was always a kind and inspiring mentor. In his classes, he encouraged students to work hard to succeed, but he gave them the tools that they needed to do that, along with generous access to his time. Although words can never truly soothe our grief, I hope that his family and friends take comfort in knowing that he touched many lives in positive ways.
I am so so sorry to hear of Dr. Kauffeldt's passing. I never met him in person, but was fortunate to work with him on the publication of his work "Misak: An Armenian Life." Dr. Kauffeldt was a gentleman, a kind man, who cared about his subject. I only wish I had met him in person. May he rest in peace. My love and condolences to his family and friends. He is already missed.
So sorry to hear this. We went to boarding school in Rome, Italy together. He was considered a quiet guy but not in private. We played many hours of chess, discussed history, and the mysteries of Copenhagen. Rest In Peace my friend. Your NDI family will not forget you.
I was truly saddened to hear about Dr. Kauffeldt's passing today. I was informed by a friend in class and felt heartbroken though I only took one class with Dr. Kauffeldt. I took his world history course in 2019, and his teaching style and passion for history inspired me. I am currently a Senior in the College of Education, student teaching at a high school in Hall County. We are teaching Roman history the next two weeks at my field placement, and I plan to share sections of my Gladiators book from Dr. Kauffeldt's class with my students as well as share other information I learned from him. Engaging lectures, purposeful novel/text study, and rigorous assessments were standard in Dr. Kauffeldt's class, and being a student of his informed my development as an educator. May he rest in peace and live on in the memories family, friends and students.
Joseph G. Colombo
Jonas was my classmate for 3 years in boarding school in Rome. Our senior year we lived together in a tiny dormitory that housed 6 of us. Jonas was a very smart and sensitive man. I wish I could have met up with him more recently. RIP my good friend.
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