Long-time faculty member, Hans Uffelmann, Ph.D., dies

Hans Uffelman, Ph.D.
Hans Uffelman, Ph.D.

Hans W. Uffelmann, Ph.D., a long-time UMKC School of Medicine faculty member and co-founder of the Center for Practical Bioethics, died Saturday, Dec. 7.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Community Christian Church, Kansas City, Mo.

Uffelman joined the UMKC faculty in 1963 and served as chair of the UMKC Department of Philosophy. When the School of Medicine opened in 1971, he joined the faculty and became one of the first philosophers in the United States to hold a faculty position at a medical school, teaching clinical medical ethics.

His efforts pioneered an emerging sub-specialty field of philosophy and medicine as he taught biomedical ethics to faculty from various scientific fields for the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science at 18 universities throughout the country.

Uffelmann co-founded a community-based, free-standing organization in 1984, now the Center for Practical Bioethics, that has developed advance directives and supporting federal legislation and helped create the Hospital Ethics Committees used in health care organizations throughout the world.

Uffelmann served on the UMKC faculty for 36 years, retiring as emeritus professor of philosophy and medicine.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn. They had two sons and four grandchildren.

4 thoughts on “Long-time faculty member, Hans Uffelmann, Ph.D., dies

  1. All of us who were touched by Dr. Uffelman over the years will miss him greatly. He was a wonderful friend, and excellent asset to our medical community. Hans was also a great husband, father, professor and human being.

  2. I studied Philosophy at U.M.K.C, taking several courses from Professor Uffelmann, and on an amusing side note, when I as wondering what to do he looked across the street…where the law school was at the time…and said, “Why not go to Law School? You like to argue.”

    Which I did. A great guy all around.

  3. I remember Dr. Uffelman fondly from clinical rounds in Truman Medical Center. He always seemed such a kind and thoughtful man.

  4. Dr Hans will always be near and dear to my heart. Got me interested in thinking things through to their logical conclusion . He enjoyed spending time with students outside of class ,especially over a brew in the pub. I loved this guy as most everyone else did as well! RIP Dr Uffelmann ’twas a joy to know you!

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