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Gerald Bauman Jr.

SHARON — Gerald Bauman Jr. passed away on June 4, 2011.

He was born in Sharon on Feb. 3, 1928, and moved with his family to Miami in the 1930s.

He graduated from Miami Senior High and joined the Army where he served as a master sergeant with the Allied forces in Japan after World War II.

He attended the University of Miami and then the University of Florida, from which he graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1955.

In 1952, he married Elizabeth Selfridge of Lakeville.

After college he worked for the Dupont Corp. in New Jersey. During his 16 years in New Jersey, he was chairman of both the Marlboro Citizen’s Committee and the Planning Board. He played an instrumental role in creating change in local government, zoning laws and protecting the Burnt Fly Bog wetlands.

After moving to Homestead, Fla., in 1974, he became very active in local, state and national political campaigns, serving with his wife on the Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee. He also served as chairman of the Homestead-Redlands Republican Club.

In addition to his wife, Gerald is survived by his son, Jeffrey; his daughters, Deborah, Lisa and Jenifer; his sister, Christine Spinks; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Gerald Bauman III; and his sisters, Nancy and Betsy.

A memorial service will be held at the Branham Funeral Home in Homestead on Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society of Greater Miami.