William S. Bauer Jr., Former LAA President, Passes Away at 49

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Photo album: Bill Bauer, 1964-2013

Bill Bauer
Bill Bauer at Livingston College graduation in 1986.

William S. (“Bill”) Bauer Jr., a former president of the Livingston Alumni Association, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013. He was 49. Born in Camden, New Jersey, he had been a resident of Levittown, Pennsylvania. Bill was a 1986 graduate of Rutgers University’s Livingston College and a 1989 graduate of Rutgers’ Graduate School-New Brunswick.

Bill served for many years as an executive council (board) member of LAA, including several terms as president or first vice president of the organization.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Susanne Luise Bauer. Surviving Bill are his wife Karin A. (nee Sagendorph) Bauer; his parents William S. and Darla J. Bauer Sr. of Pennsauken, NJ, and his siblings Valerie M. Bauer of Merchantville, NJ, and Robert C. E. Bauer of Pennsauken, NJ.

Bill and Karin enjoyed annual trips to Europe, most frequently to Germany. Other recent trips included visits to Paris, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They were also frequent visitors to Rutgers for homecoming football games, reunions and other events. 

Several of Bill’s friends, in an online memorial guest book or speaking at his funeral, noted that Bill was always ready to lend a hand to solve technical problems — both professionally within the Office of School Facilities of New Jersey’s Department of Education, and personally, helping friends set up their home computers.

Current and former colleagues on the LAA board and former Livingston College deans remembered Bill as a friend and as a leader.

Michele Ostrowski, who served as LAA’s treasurer while Bill was president of the organization, recalled that Bill was an early adopter of the Internet, “a great guy, funny and smart.”

Mark Weller (Livingston College ’85), also a former LAA board member, became good friends with Bill and the Bauer family, spending holidays with them in Pennsylvania.

Eric Schwarz (Livingston College ’92), currently an LAA vice president, appreciated Bill’s dedication and generosity to the college and university he loved, as well as Bill’s joy for life, family and adventure.

George Jones, former dean of students of Livingston College, remembered Bill as fun-loving and as an alumnus who cared deeply for “his beloved Livingston.” (In 2007, Livingston College was subsumed into the Rutgers-New Brunswick School of Arts and Sciences.)

Bill Bauer from 1986 yearbookBefore Bill even entered college in 1982, he showed that he would be a leader.

Paul Herman, a former assistant dean of Livingston College, remembered: “Prior to Bill’s freshman year I ran an experimental summer orientation program and he was the first student to register for it, and as I recall, he was the first person to show up for the program. As I came to learn, that was typical Bill, always there, always ready to do whatever it takes to make something work, and always a loyal Livingston and Rutgers man. He will always be missed.”

Livingston College honored Bill with a special service award upon his graduation in 1986, in recognition of his “outstanding contributions and service” to the college.

Bill was laid to rest at Bristol Cemetery in Croydon, Pennsylvania on December 3, 2013, following a funeral service. Friends and family may view and sign an online memorial guest book. A copy of the guest book includes remembrances posted through December 10, 2013.

Pictured: (Top) Bill Bauer, right, receives his Livingston College diploma from Dean W. Robert Jenkins in May 1986. (Bottom): Bauer as seen in the Livingston College 1986 yearbook, The Experience.

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LAA Past Presidents

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Marty Siederer, Eric Schwarz and Jason GoldsteinPast presidents of the Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) and its predecessor, the Livingston College Association of Graduates (LCAG), include:

 

* deceased

At the 2017 All-Alumni Theater Night, from left: LAA Past-President Marty Siederer, with 2015-2019 President Eric Schwarz and Past-President Jason Goldstein.

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Awards from LAA

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The LAA presents the following awards (the linked pages include lists of the honored individuals):

From 1981 to 1999, LAA named 26 Honorary Members.

Also see a list of awards presented by other Rutgers alumni organizations to the Livingston Alumni Association and to individual alumni.

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Alumni Memories

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Do you have a memory of your time at Livingston: a favorite professor, dorm, event, club/organization? Email us at info AT livingstonalumni.org to share your memories!

[Also see Deans’ Reflections.]

Top photo: The New Academic Building (later named Lucy Stone Hall) on Rutgers’ Kilmer campus (later named Livingston campus), circa 1973.

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2011-12 Executive Board and Council

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LAA Executive Council

2011-2012 Officers

  • Michael Beachem, President
  • Jason Goldstein, 1st Vice President
  • Debra O’Neal, 2nd Vice President
  • Jeff Isaacs, Treasurer
  • Eric Schwarz, Secretary

LAA Executive Council

  • Rosemary Agrista
  • Jeffrey Armus
  • William Bauer
  • Michael Beachem
  • Rob Bertrand
  • Joseph Capo
  • Yash Dalal
  • Martin Dickerson
  • Jason Goldstein
  • Mindy Hoffmann 
  • Jeff Isaacs 
  • Jon LaCarrubba 
  • Iris Martinez – Campbell
  • Mike Middleton
  • Debra O’Neal 
  • Michele Ostrowski
  • Eric Schwarz
  • Marty Siederer
  • Stephen Yanick
  • Derek Young  

2011-2012 Standing Committee Chairs

  • Budget and Finance – Jeff Isaacs
  • Election and Nominations – Mike Middleton
  • Membership – Joseph Capo  
  • Programming and Events – Rosemary Agrista
  • Public Relations – Jason Goldstein
  • Reunion and Class – Jeffrey Armus 
  • Young Alumni – Vacant

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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

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Seth Jeremy DvorinBiographies for the recipients of the awards listed and linked below have been updated when possible. Otherwise, they represent the information available as of the dates of induction. Send updates or corrections.

  • Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Award: Established in September 2000 to recognize Livingston College alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.
  • Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Established in November 2004 in memory of Army Lt. Seth Jeremy Dvorin (LC’02, Administration of Justice; pictured at right), who was killed in Iraq on February 3, 2004. The Seth Dvorin Award was presented to Livingston College young alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities. The three recipients of this award are noted below. This award is now retired.

2000 Inductees

RIKI JACOBS (LC’80, NLAW’89)CLIFTON R. LACY (LC’75, RWJMS’79)JOHN S. LIPORI (LC’77)ALFRED E. RAMEY, JR (LC’73) 
Riki JacobsClifton R. LacyJohn S. LiporiAlfred E. Ramey, Jr.
Director of AIDS Support Organization;
Health Educator (died in 2009)
Medical Leader;
New Jersey State Health Commissioner
Banking ExecutiveUniversity Counsel;
New Jersey Assistant Attorney General

2002 Inductees

THOMAS F. DALEY (LC’75)SUSAN KILLE (LC’74)DAVID A. LASKOW (LC’77, RWJMS’81)STEVEN D. PLOFKER (LC’78)
Thomas F. DaleySusan KilleDavid A. LaskowSteven D. Plofker
District Attorney; Judge; Adjunct Professor of Law (died in 2015)Newspaper JournalistSurgeon; Associate Professor of SurgeryReal Estate Developer; Attorney

 

2004 Inductees

FRANK CARVILL (LC’75)GINA COLLINS CUMMINGS (LC’84)EDWARD E. JOHNSON, JR. (LC’79)
Frank T. CarvillGina Collins CummingsEdward E. Johnson, Jr.
New Jersey National Guardsman
Killed in Iraq (Posthumous; died in 2004)
Environmental, Health,
and Social Justice Activist
Wall Street Executive
MICHAEL C. LARACY (LC’74)KAREN ROGERS (LC’92)HARRY V. SWAYNE III (LC’90)
Michael C. LaracyKaren RogersHarry V. Swayne III
Advocate for Children and FamiliesSeth Dvorin Distinguished
Young Alumni Award

Television Meteorologist/Journalist
Football Executive and Player

2006 Inductees

AVERY BROOKS (LC’73, MGSA’76)COLLEEN FRASER (LC’74)MARK HELIAS (LC’74)
Avery BrooksColleen FraserMark Helias
Actor; Director; Singer; Professor, Mason Gross School of the ArtsAdvocate for People with Disabilities;
Hero of United Airlines Flight 93
(Posthumous; died in 2001)
Jazz Musician and Composer
LIZA KIRSCHENBAUM (LC’87)ANDREA D. LYON (LC’73)GREGG SPIRIDELLIS (LC’93, RBS’93)
Liza KirschenbaumAndrea D. LyonGregg Spiridellis
Advocate for Children in the CourtsLaw School Dean;
Expert in Death-Penalty Defense
Seth Dvorin Distinguished
Young Alumni Award

Entrepreneur in Online Entertainment

2009 Inductees 

KEVIN APUZZIO (LC’06)MARLA DIAMOND (LC’92) FRANCOISE JACOBSOHN (LC’79)MARTHA NELL SMITH (LC’77, GSNB’82,’85)
Kevin ApuzzioMarla DiamondFrancoise JacobsohnMartha Nell Smith
Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award
 Heroic Firefighter and
Emergency Medical Technician
(Posthumous; died in 2006)
Radio Journalist Advocate for Women and WorkersProfessor of English;
Emily Dickinson Scholar

2011 Inductees

GREGORY Q. BROWN (LC’82)EDWARD M. JORDAN (SMLR’15) 
Gregory Q. BrownEddie Jordan
Rutgers Board of Governors Chair;
Business Leader
 Rutgers Men’s Basketball Head Coach (2013-2016)
and Player (1973-1977)

2013 Inductees

NDIDI N. AMUTAH-ONUKAGHA (LC’03)NICHOLAS FERRONI (LC’03)JESSIE J. HANNA (LC’07, RWJMS’14)
Ndidi Amutah Nicholas Ferroni Jessie J. Hanna
Assistant Professor
Researcher on Health and Nutrition
Educator and HistorianPhysician
Researcher on Pediatric Cancer

2015 Inductees

ROBERT P. BERTRAND (LC’01)KENNETH B. COP (LC’95)DEBORAH L. STOKES (LC’74)
Robert Bertrand Kenneth Cop Deborah Stokes
Radio Engineer Rutgers University Executive Director of Police Services / Chief of PoliceMuseum Curator and Arts Educator

2018 Inductees

STACI BERGER (LC’94, EJB/GSNB’04)JEANIE BRYSON (LC’81)EVERETTE B. PENN (LC’91)
Staci BergerJeanie BrysonDr. Everette Penn
Housing and Community Development AdvocateJazz/Pop/Latin VocalistRace/Youth/Justice Scholar
CARLYLE E. SHELTON JR. (LC’80)ROBERT W. SNYDER (LC’77)MARIE VARGHESE (LC’03)
Carlyle E. Shelton Jr.Robert W. SnyderDeborah Stokes
Deputy Inspector General,
U.S. Marine Corps
Professor, American Studies and JournalismCollege Advisor and Social Justice Advocate

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From the President

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Jeffrey ArmusWelcome to the Livingston Alumni Association!

The Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) is working to preserve the legacy and history of Livingston College, which thrived as an innovative undergraduate unit at Rutgers University for more than 40 years (from 1969 to 2010). We hope you will join us for our programs that celebrate Livingston’s unique history and mission, including Theater Nights and our biennial Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards. We welcome your involvement and ideas for new programs!

Contact info@livingstonalumni.org if you would like to get more information, or to join our volunteer team and board. If you’re not a participating member of the LAA, now’s the time to check out our activities. We look forward to seeing you!

In Rutgers Spirit,
Jeffrey Armus, LC’77
President

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All-Alumni Theater Events

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Legally Blonde cast, Livingston Theatre Company, 2018The Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) is a proud sponsor of All-Alumni Theater Events, with a reception and entertainment provided by The Livingston Theatre Company (LTC), followed by a performance of LTC’s latest musical play.

On May 2, 2021, we enjoyed a live virtual All Alumni Theater Afternoon as we went “Behind The Curtain” with the LTC.  Students from Rutgers’ premier musical theater organization performed songs from favorite musicals in this exciting showcase.  The event also included interviews with cast members about their performances.


Jason Goldstein and Julia MendesPast Theater Nights/Afternoons include the LTC’s productions of: Godspell (April 2000), The Will Rogers Follies (April 2003), Kiss Me Kate (November 2003), Damn Yankees (April 2004), A Chorus Line (November 2004), Camelot (April 2005), Little Shop of Horrors (October 2005), Ragtime (April 2006), Urinetown (October 2006 and April 2016), Cabaret (April 2007), The Full Monty (October 2007), Seussical (April 2008), Sweeney Todd (February 2010), The Producers (April 2013), Hair (February 2014), In the Heights (April 2015), Oklahoma! (April 2017), Legally Blonde (April 2018), and Violet (February 2019). A Theater Afternoon had been planned for the April 2020 production of Mamma Mia, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Top photo: The cast of LTC’s Legally Blonde, April 15, 2018. Additional photos from the 2018 event, by Qiumei Wang, Rutgers Business School Alumni Association.

Bottom photo: Jason Goldstein, founder of LTC and a former president of LAA, talks with Julia Mendes, MGSA’17, LTC’s managing director, at Theater Night on April 22, 2017. They spoke about the LTC’s presentation of Oklahoma! and the world of musical theater. Additional photos of the 2017 performers and attendees, courtesy of Fran Siederer.

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Preserving the History. Advancing the Legacy.