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William H. Bauer

William H. Bauer of Bound Brook, N.J., 95, passed away on February 16, 2015, at Somerset Valley Care One, Bound Brook.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March, 18 at 10 a.m. at Kirkpatrick Chapel on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick. It will be followed by a repast at 11:30.

He was a professor of ceramic engineering at Rutgers School of Engineering from 1947 through his retirement in 1993. He also had been president of Queens Laboratories in Piscataway and vice president of L&M Surco Manufacturing, South River, and had served as a technical adviser to ITT, Nutley.

Much of Professor Bauer’s life was centered on Rutgers. He served as a president (1965–1966), vice president, and treasurer of the Rutgers Alumni Association and as an officer for the Class of 1942. He is survived by his wife, Barbara. Together, they attended many Rutgers events, with a heavy emphasis on athletic events. Not only was Professor Bauer a regular at virtually every home football and basketball game, he attended most away football games up until the past few years. He generously supported athletics at Rutgers, which is home to the William and Barbara Bauer Track and Field Complex and the William and Barbara Bauer Training and Rehabilitation Center at High Point Solutions Stadium.

He received many awards for his alumni service and dedication to Rutgers. He was inducted as a Loyal Son of Rutgers in 1958. He and Barbara were jointly presented the Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Award in 2010 and earned several awards from Rutgers for their generosity, including, in 2004, the Rutgers Medal for Philanthropic Excellence, and, in 2014, the first 1869 Legacy Award.

Born in South River, Professor Bauer graduated from Rutgers College in 1942 with a degree in ceramic engineering. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity. He also earned a master’s degree in 1947 and a doctorate in 1950, both in physics, from Rutgers.

Professor Bauer had a long and distinguished military career, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II in the Pacific theater, 3rd Bomber Group Squadron. He joined the Army Air Corps Reserves in 1946 and, in 1947, the U.S. Air Force. He received the Air Force Outstanding Service Award in 1971 and the Legion of Merit from the Air Force in 1972. He also received the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one star, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with eight service stars. He retired as a major general in 1978.

Professor Bauer also served as a trustee at Somerset Medical Center, now Robert Wood Johnson Somerset Medical Center.

Donations may be made to the Rutgers University Foundation, c/o RFund, 7 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901, payable to the Rutgers University Foundation. Please designate gifts to the Fred Hill Training Complex for Baseball and Softball, a project that was a passion of Professor Bauer’s.

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