Alan Rimm-Kaufman (1968 – 2009): a Tribute
On Saturday July 18th our friend and founder, Alan Rimm-Kaufman, died from leukemia. For the past 16 months, Alan endured countless rounds of chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant in hopes of finding a cure. Alan was 41. He is survived by his wife, and two young children.
We are deeply saddened by this loss. Alan was a man of integrity, intelligence, and humility, which he combined with nearly boundless energy and a joy of life few can match. We will miss his exuberance and his tremendous generosity of spirit.
The Rimm-Kaufman Group remains a strong and vibrant company. We remain committed to providing both thought-leadership in the industry and peerless results for our clients. Like any good leader, Alan built this team to be stronger than any individual member. Our growth and continuing success during his 16-month absence is a tribute not only to his vision, but also to our well-established shared vision for the company.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alan Rimm-Kaufman Legacy Fund, CBI Preschool, 301 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22902. Donations may be made online at CBI Preschool’s website. We hope also that individuals will consider regular blood donations and will join the national bone marrow registry at www.marrow.org.
The outpouring of support we’ve received this morning has been almost overwhelming. A real tribute to Alan that clients, friends, competitors and some folks who only met him once or twice nevertheless felt a strong connection to him.
The folks at Shop.org, Internet Retailer and Search Engine Land all wanted to run tribute pieces to Alan, so we thought we’d simply ask folks who knew Alan to submit their remembrances as comments to this post.
Thank you for keeping Alan’s family in your thoughts. We are all grieving right now, but in the days ahead we will realize how fortunate we were to have had Alan in our lives.