Gerald Eugene Baum at 85 has finished his term on earth peacefully December 18, 2013 at 2 AM on a beau
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tiful full moon night. "Jerry" as he was known was born August 27, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri. There he lived his young years and throughout school including a degree in Engineering from the University of Kansas. Just previous to enrolling in UK he enlisted in the Army Air Corps for three years hoping to learn to fly, however he could not pass the eye test. Then between semesters at UK he was recalled for the Korean War for two more years fortunately serving his duty in the States. Afterwards, he flipped a coin to choose between a Military career or Civilian life and Civilian life was the winner. After finishing his degree at UK Jerry was interested in X-Ray and hoped to get work in California where first son Stephen was born. Soon after, General Electric offered him a job in Syracuse, New York where daughter Jacquelyn and son Michael were born. During his many years with General Electric he made many notable accomplishments. Such as developing a procedure that shortened hip healing by 50% and he improved many other medical procedures. Jerry was the first Engineer elected to the "One In A Thousand Award" and he was featured in the American Medical Journal. In 1961 Jerry was offered a position in General Electrics "Apollo" program then located in Daytona Beach across from the Speedway thus the family moved to Daytona in 1962. Jerry was active in his church beginning with youth groups and was an Elder in the former Highlands Presbyterian Church. Jerry was also a Treasurer as well as a Director Emeritus for the Daytona Beach Symphony Society. Since very young Jerry's favorite hobby was repairing and restoring antique clocks and was well know for his expertise throughout the country. He was a highly regarded member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and was given a "Fellow Award" for teaching antique clock restoration. Jerry's second favorite hobby was sailing. After an early retirement from GE he purchased the floundering Daytona Yacht Sales and turned the business around with his accounting skills. He owned the business for many years before selling it. He was also a member and Commodore of the Daytona Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 44 promoting safe boating by teaching classes in navigation, knot tying, nautical chart reading, and more. He grew his full beard to protect from sunburn while sailing and loved to enter beard contests and dye his beard green for St Patrick's Day. Way back in Kansas City Central High School Jerry met a pretty girl named Joann and they never separated. They were married in 1948 and celebrated 65 years and 5 months together in 2013. Jerry and Joann created three children, Stephen the oldest (deceased) married Susan they had son Christopher who both live in Foster City, CA. Daughter Jacquelyn Vigliotti living in Bunnell and her son Anthony Vigliotti in Jacksonville. Lastly, Jerry and Joann's youngest son Michael presently lives in Jacksonville. We are having a celebration of life for Jerry on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Rd., Daytona Beach at 10:AM. Come join us and please wear happy colors and not black.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 9, 2014