Bauer, Erwin A(dam) 1919-2004

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BAUER, Erwin A(dam) 1919-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born August 22, 1919, in Cincinnati, OH; died of bone marrow failure February 19, 2004, in Sequim, WA. Photographer and author. Bauer was widely recognized as a leading outdoors writer and wildlife photographer. Initially, he studied engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1935 to 1938, but it was an area that he did not enjoy and he did not complete a degree. Nevertheless, he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1939, later becoming a captain in the army and seeing action in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Croix de Guerre. Bauer then began a career as an outdoor writer and photographer, contributing to such magazines as Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. He also wrote columns about the outdoors for the Ironton Tribune in Ohio. After serving in the army again during the Korean War, Bauer began publishing books on the outdoors, many of which he also illustrated with his own photographs. A prolific writer and editor, he completed over fifty books during his lifetime, many of which were in collaboration with his second wife, Peggy. Among these works are The Bass Fisherman's Bible (1961; third edition revised by Mark Hicks, 1989), My Adventures with African Animals (1968), Hunting with a Camera: A World Guide to Wildlife Photography (1974), Wildlife Adventures with a Camera (1984), Yellowstone (1999), The Alaska Highway: A Portrait of the Ultimate Road Trip (2003), and The Last Big Cats: An Untamed Spirit (2003). Bauer's extensive experience with wildlife naturally led to his desire to preserve the world's vanishing species and wild places; he belonged to a number of conservation organizations and recently opposed the environmental policies of the George W. Bush administration. Bauer was the recipient of several writing and photography awards from the Ohio Outdoor Writers Association and also won Gold and Silver awards from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1991 and 1992. In 2000, he and his wife were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association.



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