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Richard Beale "Dick" Bahme a long-time resident of Orinda Dick, 93, passed away peacefully on August 30. A renowned international agricultural consultant, Dick had a strong love for his family and the University of California. He graduated from Cal with a BS in Forestry (1940) and an MS in Chemistry and PhD in Plant Physiology (1947-48). He taught at Cal briefly before going into lifelong private enterprises that included farming, real estate and agricultural consulting. He and his wife Anna built and managed the very first Lair of the Golden Bear summer camp, and he was more recently recognized with a service medal by the University and Alumni Assoc. Dick was a member of the Big C Society, ran track at Cal, and was a lifelong Sigma Chi. He was secretary of the class of 1940, continuing as such until his death. Dick enlisted in the Army and served as an artillery officer during WWII in the campaigns and actions in the Aleutian Islands (Pacific), and the invasions and campaigns of North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He returned in 1945 as a captain and met his sweetheart and future wife Anna at UC Charter Day. Born in 1918, Dick was a native Californian, a descendent of original 49ers, who drove horses and wagon trains three times from St. Joseph, MO. over the Lassen Trail into Red Bluff, CA. True to his heritage, Dick was a rugged individualist of the west who believed in self-reliance and that everything was conquerable. A man of indomitable energy, good cheer and many varied interests, Dick leaves behind many friends who will miss him. Recently preceded in death by his lifelong partner and great love Anna, Dick is survived by his two sons and their families - Robert H. Bahme and his wife Ann, John B. Bahme and his wife Diane, five grandchildren- Anna Bahme, Jennee Bahme, Katie Bahme, Clint Bahme and Bret Bahme, and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 12 pm at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Orinda, with a luncheon to follow at the Orinda Country Club.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Sept. 22, 2013
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