Dr. Fritz Karl Heinrich Bauer, of Scotch Plains, passed away at Overlook Hospital in Summit on December 30, 2013. He was 77.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Bauer began his career in the shipping industry working for Hamburg Amerika Lines and later as the Owner’s representative in the U.S. for Senator Lines. He also served in the German Naval Reserves ascending to the rank of Frigatten Kapitan. He received two PhDs, one in Economics and one in Admiralty Law, from Hamburg University and was the Business editor at STERN magazine for many years.
He was active in politics and public service in Hamburg, serving as the Director of Public Transportation and Ports. He was active in the SPD party in Hamburg working closely with colleagues like Helmut Schmidt, also from Hamburg.
After moving to the states, Dr. Bauer was active in his community as a member of the Scotch Plains Lions Club and the Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit. He also was a founding member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Hockey Team. Dr. Bauer enjoyed music, reading, sailing and especially his family.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Norris-Bauer, his children Jennifer Bauer, Christopher Bauer, Kirsten Moro and son-in-law Zlatko Moro, Sven Erik Bauer, Lars Bauer, Angela Sreebuld, two grandchildren Lisa and Lena Moro and many extended family members.