POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 5:19pm
Baton Rouge, LA — A Baton Rouge visionary and retired President and Chief Executive Officer of the Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge, Kenneth E. Uffman, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at age 84. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and had been a resident of Baton Rouge since 1946.
Uffman passed away peacefully at his home in Baton Rouge.
Uffman served in many distinguished community and civic organizations including the Salvation Army, BR Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Jaycees, Louisiana Senior Olympics, Toys for Tots, The LSU Cadets of the Ole War Skule, Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Junior Achievement, Crimestoppers, Project Atlas, United Way, Speech and Hearing Foundation, Community Fund for the Arts, the Baton Rouge Alliance for Good Government (BRAGG), the Baton Rouge Consumer and Protection Center and Jump$tart Financial Literacy of Louisiana.
He was a walk-on member of the 1948-1949 LSU varsity basketball team. A 1950 graduate of the LSU journalism school, Uffman wrote for the college student newspaper, The Daily Reveille. He was inducted into the “J” School Hall of Fame in 1995. He also served as national chair of the school’s Excellence Fund and served as president of the alumni board.
Uffman was a distinguished military student in the LSU ROTC Corps of Cadets, and participated in the Pershing Rifles, Scabbard and Blade and the Arnold Air Society. He was called to active duty in 1953, and was assigned to Scott Air Force base in Illinois. He served as information services officer, responsible for base communication. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force reserves and received an Honorary Discharge from the United States Air Force Reserves in 1963 with the rank of Captain.
Uffman worked through a number of community organizations to improve the quality of life in Baton Rouge. Known by his peers as “El Presidente Grande” he motivated people to successful and timely conclusions of each project. As friends have related to family members, “There’s no way you can say ‘no’ to Ken Uffman.”
Uffman is recipient of the National President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition and appreciation of commitment for strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service. He was a recipient of the Golden Deeds Award, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award, the Speech and Hearing Foundation’s Volunteer Activist Award, the American Cancer Society Best Dressed.
Uffman’s proudest accomplishments include his marriage of 62 years to Grace Lyles Uffman, and his five Eagle Scout sons along with his extended family of 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.