Daniel J. Bauman, 89, of Gerry, formerly of Stockton, passed away peacefully on Thursday March 31.
He was born on a farm in Kewanna, Indiana in 1932, to Harry and Sophia Barkey Bauman.
He graduated from North Judson High School in Indiana and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., a master’s degree from American University, Washington DC, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
He was a veteran of the United States Army where he worked in intelligence. After his military service, he began his career as a teacher. He taught high school chemistry in Washington DC, high school science for the Department of Defense School at the US Naval Base in Port Lyautey, Morocco, Africa, and high school chemistry in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
After working as an industrial chemist in Boulder, Colorado for five years, he became a professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia for 12 years. He then ran his own IT consulting, sales and service business.
A devoted husband of over 61 years, he met the love of his life, Hilary Skilton, while hiking around a mountain in Maryland with the Wanderbirds Hiking Club in Washington D.C. He loved to travel and saw a much of Europe, North America, Morocco and South Korea.
His hobbies included photography, genealogy, history, and antique farm equipment. He was curious, skeptical and inventive as a problem solver. He had a sense of humor. He liked to use his quick wit with friends to challenge and crack jokes, and enjoyed swapping stories with his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Hilary; children: Celia (Mack) Webb of Virginia, Ann Bauman of Maryland, Michael (Margo) Bauman of Maryland, Patricia (Tom) Norton of Vermont and Nicholas (Robin) Bauman of New York; grandchildren: Rebecca (Forrest) Csuy, Seth Norton and Harry Bauman; and a great-granddaughter, Claire Csuy. He is mourned by his three siblings: Ben Bauman, Indiana, MaryAnn Barkey, Indiana, and John Bauman, New York; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family would like to thank the many people who helped ease Daniel’s final days, including the caring staff at Bergquist Manor in Gerry.
A celebration of life will take place later this year.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be directed to Stockton 1 Volunteer Fire Station.
Arrangements by Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville.
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