August 2, 2006:

Navy Cmdr. Bruce Allan Bauer, 75, a resident of Deale for 15 years, died of kidney failure during cancer treatment July 16, 2006, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Maryland, after a five-month illness. 

Born April 15, 1931, in Washington, D.C., Cmdr. Bauer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and journalism from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a full Navy scholarship. He earned a Master of Science degree in international affairs from GeorgeWashington University and attended Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he learned Malay.

Cmdr. Bauer retired from the Navy after 27 years of service. During his military career, he served as Captain of the Destroyer USS Stribling from 1970 to 1972 and aboard the USS Ingraham, USS Bordelon and USS San Marcos.

He was also an Assistant Naval Attaché in Djakarta, Indonesia; with the   Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon; an intelligence officer in Naples, Italy and Guam; and mostly recently commanding officer of the Naval Research Lab, Chesapeake Bay Division in Chesapeake Beach from 1975 to 1979.

Subsequently he worked for Masters, Mates and Pilots School in Linthicum as a navigation instructor and was the captain of Monob Research Ship in Port Canaveral, Fla.

A master mariner, he held a Coast Guard License, 1600 GRT Master, Unlimited Chief Mate, Oceans, Merchant Marine.

He was also the author of The Sextant Handbook, 1986, and reviser of  Piloting and Dead Reckoning, 1991. He also wrote for Cruising World Magazine and Bay Weekly, and was a consulting editor for the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis.

His interests included sailing, boat restoration, reading and woodworking, and he was a member of the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association, St. James Parish in Lothian and the Atalanta Owners Association.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Bauer, whom he married in 1953; two  daughters, Lisa Bauer and Julie Bauer Fox, both of Annapolis; one sister,  Darlene Marashlian of Mahwah, N.J.; and twin granddaughters.