Rikke B. Kaufmann, 58

Rikke B. Kaufmann, a retired accountant and avid bicyclist, died of kidney cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Mount Washington resident was 58.

Born Rikke Hansen and raised in Korsor, Denmark, she began her career in Copenhagen. "She attended an accounting school in Denmark and completed an apprenticeship program with Arthur Andersen," said her husband of six years, Bill Kaufmann.


After marrying her first husband, Richard Kelly, she moved to Baltimore, and the couple established Chesapeake Engineers, a civil engineering firm, where she served as controller. She sold the business in 1997 after her husband's death and became an accountant for Coyne & McLean, which later merged with Clifton Gunderson, a Bel Air accounting firm. She retired in 2002.

Mrs. Kaufmann, whose nickname was "Biking Viking," enjoyed bicycling through national parks with her husband and sailing aboard their sloop, Four Winds.


A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Also surviving are a son, Bradford A. Kelly of Fells Point; a daughter, Lauren K. Kelly of Towson; her mother, Ruth Hansen of Korsor; a brother, Anders Bylche of Copenhagen; a stepson, Jon Kaufmann of Baltimore; three stepdaughters, Julie Kaufmann of Baltimore, Amy Morrison of Los Angeles, and Susan Millhauser of Portland, Ore.; and three grandchildren.

For the record

An obituary published Thursday for Rikke B. Kaufmann incorrectly listed services. Services will be held at noon tomorrow at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.The Sun regrets the error.