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Dr. Norman Bauman

Dr. Norman Bauman

Saturday, August 20th, 1932 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Norman Bauman, 87, of Hingham, MA, formerly of Tomkins Cove, NY and Nanuet, NY, died peacefully on Thursday, 23 April 2020 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Norman was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Jean Krause Bauman (2004) and is survived by his three children Anne Bauman Wightman, Sydney David Bauman, and Ellen Bauman Metzger and by six grandchildren: Evelyn Wightman, Jesse Metzger, Isabelle Bauman, Leslie Wightman, Leah Metzger, and David Bauman.

Born 20 August 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to Morris David Bauman and Raie Sones Bauman, he attended Ethical Culture Society School and Midwood High School, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1953 and New York University Medical School in 1957.

Norman was first and foremost a scientist, but also a lover of math, medicine, and music. He worked as a research biochemist and rheumatologist for many years and after retirement volunteered his time helping with the math and science programs in neighboring high schools. In addition to working at Lederle Laboratories as a senior scientist and then a computer programmer, he practiced rheumatology once a week for over 25 years at Bellevue Hospital where he treated mostly low-income patients with arthritis. His patients often needed a sympathetic listener as much as they needed medical treatment, and Norman was able to provide both.

Norman’s love of science and math led him to the field of computers, which he learned on his own. He became such an expert that during his career in pharmaceutical research, he often provided support to other scientists. After roughly 20 years of working in the front lines of laboratory research, he switched careers to identifying potential new drugs through computer programming, with an emphasis on high multi-dimensional vector analysis.

Although he grew up in Brooklyn playing chess with old men on the boards provided in parks, Norman lived his adult life in the suburbs, where he became a self-taught and very competent gardener, small appliance repairman, car mechanic, home renovator, and more. He had a keen sense of logic and strong belief that if he applied it to the task at hand along with proper resources (a user’s manual reader in the extreme), he should be able to do pretty much anything.

Norman was a frequent attender at the First Unitarian Society of Rockland County (now the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland) for many years and particularly enjoyed getting together with friends to have dinner, attend plays, or discuss science and ethics.

Classical music was a thread running through Norman’s life and he would often sing along with and even make up words to melodies, whether they originally had words or not. After retiring, he returned to the piano, taking lessons and practicing frequently. He was particularly fond of the Two- and Three-Part Inventions by J. S. Bach as well as the Preludes and Fugues and had a unique ability to count his own errors as he was playing. Along with music, he enjoyed, crossword puzzles, in particular cryptic crossword puzzles, math puzzles and problems, and just about anything that involved thinking. He enjoyed square dancing and walks, usually around one of the lakes in Rockland County. He liked to maintain a backyard bird feeder and enjoyed learning the names of and observing the habits of the birds that visited.

Norman was a rare book enthusiast, having inherited an impressive collection — a collection that included a Doves Bible and a Kelmscott Chaucer — from his own father who had purchased them at auction in NYC. Norman particularly admired the high quality workmanship of these volumes, reveling in the exquisite detail of woodcuts and illustrations as much or more than the printing and binding.

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Jennifer Griffin

Posted at 10:58am
Dear Bauman family,

I am truly sorry for the lost of your Father. He was a very unique and special person. As it happens I am writing this on what would have been my father's 96 birthday, August 24, 2020. From the book _The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse_: “What do we do when our hearts hurt?” asked the boy. “We wrap them with friendship, shared tears and time, till they wake hopeful and happy again.” I wish you peace during this time of mourning. I’d like to share a few memories …

As a child, riding my bike around the block, I can remember your Dad driving a beige VW Bug. The car left in the morning and returned home each evening like clockwork. One evening I was near your driveway when your Dad turned in. He got out of the car, with his grin, waved and said hello. I was an extremely shy child but somehow was able to ask him about something on my mind. “Why do you drive such a small car?” I asked. Don’t forget that everyone back then was driving large cars. Well, your Dad took the time to explain things to me like conservation, fossil fuel, and taking care of the environment. Someone who clearly cared about the natural world and its beauty. A man thinking about important ideas well before much of the world. He then told me that this car had something very special and asked me if I knew what it was. “No” I said, not knowing much about cars at that time. Well he playfully told me that the engine was in the trunk. Mind blowing information!! Then he took the time to tell me about how an engine works to make a car go. Honestly, I was a skinny, funny looking shy kid that no one really ever noticed but that evening your Dad did. I’ll never forget. To this day, whenever I see a VW Bug, even though the new ones don’t have engines in the trunk, I think of that evening encounter.

One of my passions in life is bird watching. I remember watching your bird feeder and one day your Dad must have noticed. He introduced me to a pair of binoculars and taught me to use them so I could study them even closer. Maybe that’s where my love of birds came from. And one more memory that my sister Ann reminded me of: Living across the street we had a view of your house. When, on occasion, we would wake late at night or during the night we would be able to see your Dad’s study light burning all hours of the night, like a beacon in the darkness. Anyway, long enough …. As I said a very special man. Highly intelligent, generous, and kind. Someone that I shall never forget.

Love to you all, Jennifer Griffin XXOOs
RK

Ralph Krause

Posted at 07:36pm
Parody of the Major General's song from the Pirates of Penzance. Written by Ralph M. Krause in honor of Norman Bauman's 75th birthday.
RK

Ralph Krause

Posted at 04:50pm
I loved him like the brother i never had. Ralph M. Krause, friend and brother-in-law.
JG

Jennifer Griffin

Posted at 03:05pm
To the Bauman Family, I am so sorry to learn this news. My heart goes out to all of you at this sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. So many fun memories at your house as a child, playing in the backyard where I broke my arm, making taffy, sharing books, watching hamsters multiple, being hit by a wet noodle...things I shall never forget. Sending xxoo’s! Jennifer Griffin
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