Founder of Germans from Russia Heritage Society
Armand Bauer, a former professor at NDSU and a founder of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, died Dec. 12, in Bismarck. He was 75.
After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Bauer received his bachelor's and master's degrees from NDSU and his doctorate in soil science from Colorado State University. Bauer spent his career working with problems of water and wheat and soil fertility. After teaching at NDSU, he worked as a research scientist with the Great Plains Research Center near Mandan.
He was interested in genealogy and was one of the founders of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. He remained active in this organization throughout his life, including 25 years as editor of numerous society publications and translator of a book on Russian-German settlements in the United States.
Michael Miller, Germans from Russia bibliographer, worked with Bauer. "Armand Bauer was a longtime mentor, colleague and friend when I began at NDSU in 1967," Miller said. "The Germans from Russia community has experienced the loss of a dedicated person preserving the rich heritage of these Dakota people."