Henry J. Bauer Sr., retired vice president of E. Stewart Mitchell Asphalt Inc., a Baltimore-based distributor of liquid asphalt, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at his home in Ocean Pines. He was 74.
Mr. Bauer was born and raised on Pelham Avenue in Northeast Baltimore and graduated in 1947 from Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, where he had been an outstanding baseball catcher.
His athletic prowess earned him a berth with a minor league team of the Philadelphia Athletics organization from 1947 to 1948. He served in the Army Reserves from 1952 to 1959.
He began his career with E. Stewart Mitchell as a truck driver in 1947. He rose through the company's ranks, working as a dispatcher until being named vice president. He retired in 1991.
The former resident of Phoenix had lived in Ocean Pines since 1988. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf.
He was a communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Ocean City, and a former communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Holy Savior Roman Catholic Church, 17th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City.
Mr. Bauer is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Ann M. Kirby; four sons, Henry J. Bauer Jr. of Salisbury, Jeffrey G. Bauer of Whitehaven, David G. Bauer of Centreville and Donald P. Bauer of Baltimore; a daughter, JoAnn Houck of Towson; a brother, Robert J. Bauer of Hedgesville, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.