Doris Brandt Bauer, an art educator and artist whose mixed-media collages incorporated found objects such as driftwood, died of pneumonia and respiratory failure July 17 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 86.
Born Doris Caroline Brandt, she grew up in Southwest Baltimore and attended Western High School, said her eldest son, G. Andrew Bauer III of Towson.
She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in fine arts in 1946 and returned to Baltimore, where she began teaching.
Her summer art classes for Baltimore's Department of Recreation were featured in a 1947 Evening Sun article, describing the easels set up on Federal Hill twice a week and a student who enjoyed the experience so much that he brought his puppy.
She met her future husband, George Andrew Bauer Jr., at a summer fraternity party in College Park, said her son, who wrote a song about their courtship and marriage for the couple's 50th anniversary in April 2002.
The future Mrs. Bauer had left her pocketbook at the party. He drove to return it to her, and the two exchanged phone numbers, but he never called. But that fall, they bumped into each other coming out of the restroom at the Eager House restaurant in Mount Vernon and reestablished their connection, the younger Bauer said.
Mr. Bauer died in November 2002.
Mrs. Bauer taught in Howard County and Baltimore schools until she had children, then returned to the classroom after her youngest son entered school, her eldest son said. She was honored as a Teacher of the Year nominee in 1985, the year she retired.
A resident of Cedarcroft, Mrs. Bauer served as the chairwoman of the York Road Planning Area Committee's York-Belvedere Action Area, which worked to shape the York Road corridor from 39th Street to the Baltimore County line. In 1988, the Bauers moved to an apartment in Roland Park, her son said.
She was also active in her church, Ascension Lutheran in Towson, where she served as member, chairwoman and co-chairwoman of its Parlor Gallery, a dedicated fine art space.
As an artist, Mrs. Bauer worked in colored pencil, watercolor and fiber arts as well as mixed media, her son said. Later in her life, particularly after she retired, Mrs. Bauer spent summers in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where the upper level of their Cape Cod-style home served as her studio, her son said.
She would collect materials such as magazine clippings, junk mail envelopes, bottle caps or ribbons or pieces of wood and often had several pieces underway simultaneously, he said.
"She might envision something to do with it once she had it there to look at," her son said.
She continued to teach art in retirement as a volunteer instructor for the Rehoboth Art League. Mrs. Bauer regularly exhibited her work in Delaware, including several juried shows, and received several awards.
Mrs. Bauer suffered a stroke in 2005 that left her paralyzed on the right side, her son said. She lived at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson for four years, he said.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson.
In addition to her eldest son, Mrs. Bauer is survived by her daughter, Hollis Brandt Bauer of Stockton, N.J.; two sons, Jonathan Brandt Bauer of Parkton and David A. Bauer of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.