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Irvin O. Bauer Jr., BGE arborist and Red Cross volunteer, dies

Irvin O. Bauer Jr., BGE arborist and Red Cross volunteer, dies
Irvin O. Bauer Jr (HANDOUT)

Irvin O. Bauer Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. arborist and longtime American Red Cross volunteer, died Saturday of pulmonary fibrosis at the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium. He was 92.

The son of Irvin O. Bauer Sr., a florist, and Minerva Koch, a homemaker, Irvin Otto Bauer Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Pinehurst.

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After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1943, he joined the Army Air Forces and later was a member of the Aviation Cadet program. After that program was canceled, he was trained as an aviation mechanic.

Mr. Bauer was assigned to the Ryukyu Islands, where bombing runs to Japan originated, as an air crew chief. He was discharged in 1946 as a sergeant.

During his college years, he worked with his father's and grandfather's florist business, Fred C. Bauer, on Gittings Avenue in Pinehurst, and also on the family farm on Providence Road in Baltimore County.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1950 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a member of the National Agriculture Honor Society.

He began his career with BGE in 1950 as supervisor of ground maintenance, where he was in charge of landscaping the grounds of BGE's substations, power plants and service centers.

One of his major projects was the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, where he was involved in planning, clearing, grading, and sediment and erosion control for the plant.

He also was in charge of tree trimming, removal and clearing, and acquiring rights-of-way for a transmission line from that went north from Calvert Cliffs to a major substation 47 miles away.

Some of his professional memberships included the Maryland Enviornmental Trust and the board of the Maryland Nurserymen's Association.

He was a past member of the board and president of the Southern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Utility Arborist Association.

He retired in 1990.

Mr. Bauer, a former resident of the Chatterleigh neighborhood of Baltimore County, spent more than 20 years as a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructor for the American Red Cross. He also was involved with the Boy Scouts for three decades.

He joined the board of Oak Lawn Cemetery in 1959 and became the board chairman in 1973. He also was a member of the Maryland Freestate Cemetery, Funeral and Cremation Association and the Cemetery Consumer Service Council of Maryland.

Mr. Bauer had been a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Baynesville.

A resident of Mercy Ridge since 2010, Mr. Bauer enjoyed traveling, golf, hunting and snorkeling.

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A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, the former Rita Lochte; three sons, Irvin O. Bauer III of Arnold, Robert J. Bauer of Abingdon and DeWitt C. Bauer of Lutherville; a daughter, Michele Bauer Distler of Lutherville; a sister, Alma Hudson of Cedarcroft; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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