Charles Bauman

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Charles Bauman

Charles A. Bauman, 90, died June 20 of natural causes at his home in Severna Park. He was born in Junin, Argentina, the son of American Methodist missionary parents, and possessed double citizenship in both Argentina and the United States. At age 16, he came to the U.S. and entered Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, graduating in 1941. Graduate school at American University in Washington, DC was interrupted by World War II. He spent three-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater as a gunnery officer, serving on the carrier Yorktown (named after the one sunk at Midway) and the cruiser Oklahoma City. Back in DC as a civilian, he married the former Helen Drye and went to Georgetown Law School, simultaneously going to work at a precursor of the National Security Agency. He passed the DC Bar Exam and was licensed to practice law but never did, instead deciding to continue his career as a cryptologist, breaking foreign codes and ciphers, translating messages and writing intelligence reports of interest to major consumers in the intelligence community, such as the White House, State Department, and CIA. Over his 37 years at NSA, he achieved the professional rank of Senior Cryptologist and led several operational divisions engaged in cryptanalysis, intelligence analysis, and reporting. He enjoyed traveling, working in his garden and doing crossword puzzles, and he was also an avid reader and a movie buff. He cared for his beloved wife Helen during her long illness before she preceded him in death in 1998. He is survived by his son, Michael Bauman of Severna Park; daughter, Nancy Bauman Cristiano and husband William of Severna Park; and step-granddaughter, Kelley Gillen of Cumberland. A Chapel Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com

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Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home - Severna Park
495 Ritchie Highway Severna Park, MD 21146
410-647-2400
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Published in The Capital on June 25, 2011
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