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Robert Bauers a resident of Springhouse Estates, Lower Gwynedd, died Friday, March 29, at his home. He was 87. He had suffered from congestive heart failure. Mr. Bauers was a well-known commercial photographer in the Philadelphia region. In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, he had studios near Rittenhouse Square in the 1950s and '60s, taking pictures for company magazines, ad campaigns and annual reports. Among his clients was the Bell Telephone Co. From 1970-71 he was president of the Commercial Society of Delaware Valley, an association of industrial and advertising photographers. He later worked for nearly two decades at Betz Laboratories in Trevose as a photographer and video specialist. He exhibited his work in Philadelphia on occasion and was a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He always said he hated competition among photographers, but colleagues induced him to enter contests. In 1985, he won national recognition from Industrial Photography magazine. Whether taking photos of hummingbirds in his back yard, coastal seascapes, or even inside an industrial boiler, "he tried to capture beauty," said his son Robert, of Pottstown. "Beauty is what moved and motivated him." He also painted and worked in wood, at one point completing an entire fleet of tiny boats and sailors, an enterprise he playfully dubbed "Bauers Boat Works." Born in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, Mr. Bauers graduated from Frankford High School and learned his craft at the Antonelli School of Photography, then a Philadelphia technical school founded to train aerial photographers for World War II. Mr. Bauers served in the Army Air Corps toward the war's end. A resident of Glenside for several decades, he and his wife Marie, who died in 2002, belonged to the Music Theater of Abington. Mr. Bauers did lighting and publicity photography for the group, which performed musical comedies. Mr. Bauers later lived in Hilltown, Bucks County, for three decades, where his wife served as president of the volunteers at the Pearl S. Buck Foundation for many years. As a youth, he spent his summers in a cabin on Long Beach Island, N.J., at a time when traveling to the barrier islands was an adventure. He became an avid surf fisherman and sailor. One of his greatest pleasures was sailing his Cape Dory Typhoon weekends on Lake Nockamixon. He later joined his son, Robert, and daughter-in-law, Sandra, on extended sailing trips in the Bahamas. Mr. Bauers is survived by two other sons and their wives, Peter and Melinda of Anchorage, AK, and Christopher and Maureen, of Phoenixville. He has five grandsons, Nathan of Baghdad, Iraq, married to Nicole, Alexandria, VA; Daniel of New York City; and Christopher, Alexander and Berenger of Phoenixville. Also a niece, Miriam Bauers, Flemington, NJ. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m., at Springhouse Estates, 728 Norristown Road. Lunch will follow. The family requests that mourners send flowers to their loved ones. Arrangements William R. May Funeral Home Glenside ~ North Wales (www.mayfuneralhome.com)

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Apr. 3, 2013
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