Bobbi Johnson Kauffman
Bobbi Johnson Kauffman, Raytown High School, Class of 1963
Bobbi Johnson Kauffman graduated from Raytown High in 1963, where she was valedictorian of her class, then attended the University of Kansas for one year in the Honors program serving as Freshmen Class Secretary.
At age 19, after winning the Miss District of Columbia USA crown, Bobbi became the first representative from the District of Columbia to become Miss USA. She competed in the Miss Universe 1964 pageant and was a semi-finalist.
While reigning as the 1964 Miss USA, Bobbi made appearances in the United States, Japan, Greece, Taiwan, and The Philippines. She spoke at schools, modeled for pageant sponsors, appeared on television, and visited hospitalized children.
During an interview at the Miss USA pageant, Bobbi answered a question regarding what she would like to do after her year as Miss USA. Numerous companies offered her jobs immediately when she said, “I want to be a computer programmer.” A year later she took a job as an applications engineer with General Electric in Chicago, where she wrote software, taught Basic, and represented the GE Computer Department at trade shows.
After her first son’s birth, Bobbi stayed home to raise her children and support her husband’s career. She also modeled and programmed part time, and volunteered for church and school organizations. Her family lived for five years in Trinidad and Indonesia.
Bobbi later graduated magna cum laude from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. After passing her Certified Public Accountant exam, she worked in tax accounting. She served on the board of her American Contract Bridge League unit and was selected for the National Goodwill Committee.
After her husband’s death, she stayed in the Houston area. Bobbi has two married sons and five grandchildren. She enjoys visiting family and friends or touring the USA and overseas. She plays duplicate bridge and is proud to have attained the rank of Gold Life Master.