Dr. Armand Bauer of Bismarck, North Dakota
Holland, Nancy B. "In Memoriam." Newsletter, no. 95: 18, Winter
A pioneer in the preservation of the genealogy and history of
the Germans from Russia, Dr. Armand Bauer left this life on 12 December
1999. While serving as professor of agronomy at North Dakota State
University and research scientist at the Great Plains Research Center,
Dr. Bauer dedicated much of his extra-curricular energies to translating,
reviewing, and editing materials which appeared in the Workpaper
of The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and in
Heritage Review, published by the German-Russian Heritage
Society. A charter member of both organizations, he had served on
the Board of Directors of AHSGR and had been a member of the Executive
Committee of GRHS. He had recently been appointed to a special coordinating
committee to explore enhanced cooperation between the two organizations.
Dr. Bauer will perhaps best be remembered as co-translator with
Professor La Vern J. Rippley of Richard Sallet's classic Königsberg
University thesis, Russian-German Settlements in United States,
published in 1974, and with his wife Elaine, of Experiences From
My Missionary Life In The Dakotas, the recollections of the
Reverend Peter Bauer who immigrated to the United States from Worms,
Russia to serve German-Russian congregations in Colorado and the
A descendant of Crimean Germans, Dr. Bauer was born on 29 November
1924 in McIntosh County, North Dakota to Edward and Maria Bauer.
Raised on a farm near Zeeland, he learned German dialect as his
first language. His ancestors--Bauers, Hafners, Walzes, and Ellweins--stem
from the Black Sea villages of Herzenberg, Neu Hoffnung, Heilbrunn,
and Zurichtal. His grandfather, Christian Bauer, who emigrated in
1884, was among the first Germans from Russia to settle in North
Dr. Bauer earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from
North Dakota State University and his doctorate in soil science
from Colorado State University. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
A choir member and elder of the Lutheran Church, Dr. Bauer is survived
by is wife, Elaine Levi Bauer; three daughters, Candice (Mrs. John)
Cox, Debra (Mrs. Dave Friend), Sydney (Mrs. Gary) Evans; one son
Andrew; three sisters, Alma Levi, Laura Jund, and Zirene Boschee;
two brothers, Wilfred and Robert; and three grandchildren, Samuel
and Cody Jordan, and Margaret Bauer. Funeral services were held
at Zion Lutheran Church in Bismarck with burial in the North Dakota
Veterans Cemetery near Mandan.
Reprinted with permission of the American Historical Society
of Germans from Russia.