Joseph Laufer, county historian

Joseph M. Laufer
Joseph M. Laufer
Posted: July 24, 2014

Joseph M. Laufer, 79, of Vincentown, a former Burlington County College administrator who had been the county historian since 2003, died of cancer Saturday, July 19, at his home.

The Volunteer Center of Burlington County gave him its Lloyd Ritter Community Service Award in 2007, and the United Way of Burlington County also gave him its community service award.

Mike Pippin, coordinator for the Volunteer Center, said Mr. Laufer was honored not only for his work for the county, but "for the many things he had done throughout his life."

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Mr. Laufer was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1961, earned a master's degree in educational administration at Catholic University of America in 1965, left the priesthood in 1967, and married in 1969.

He had a 27-year career with BCC, retiring in 1997, his biography on the county historian's website states. At one time, he was associate dean for business relations.

He resigned in February, because of ill health, while serving his fifth three-year term as a committeeman in Southampton Township, son Kris said.

After retiring from BCC, Mr. Laufer was coordinator of the Burlington County School to Careers Consortium, based in the Lenape Regional High School District.

From 2001 to 2010, he was alumni director for the district's four high schools - Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, and Shawnee.

A former president of the Southampton Historical Society, he was a former president of the H.B. Smith Industrial Village Conservancy in Eastampton.

He was a former board member of the Burlington County Historical Society, the Jack Allen Memorial Early Country Living Museum in Southampton, and the Roebling Museum..

And, his son said, he authored newsletters celebrating Halley's Comet and the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the Americas.

Besides his son, Mr. Laufer is survived by his wife, Penny; sons Kurt and Kevin; daughter Kerry; a brother; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.

A viewing was set from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Sacred Heart Church, 260 High St., Mount Holly, and from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Holy Eucharist Church, 520 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle, before an 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with burial in Vincentown Baptist Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to the Joe Laufer Scholarship Fund at

Condolences may be offered to the family at

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