died peacefully on December 16 at the age of 85. As President and Founder of Martin H. Bauman Associates, a prominent Executive Recruiting firm that was in business for 42 years, Martin had the reputation for bringing careful study and detailed analysis to every project he undertook. Research at NYU under Dr. Peter Drucker, the founder of modern management, showed that there was a poor correlation between the interview process and how candidates actually performed on the job. Martin became an executive recruiter and was the first person to develop an assessment process of potential candidates that not only included testing, but his own innovative self-concept method. After more than 40 years, the results were clear - over 96% of candidates placed by Martin H. Bauman Associates were still on the job after one year, while the industry average for recruiting firms was 67%. In 1992, Martin was inducted into the Executive Search Hall of Fame as one of the top recruiters in the U. S. Martin's competence and integrity brought him to the top of the industry, working with Presidents, Chairmen, and Managing Directors of companies that included Merrill Lynch, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, AT&T, FedEx, Colgate-Palmolive, Revlon, and every major transportation company, including airlines, shipping and trucking firms. The son of Rose and Jack Bauman, Martin grew up in the Bronx, and attended New York University for all his studies. His graduate research, under Dr. Peter Drucker, focused on the Behavioral Sciences. Over the course of his career, Martin lectured at The New York University Management Institute and was an Associate Professor at Pace University. Courses taught included Advanced Management, Behavioral Sciences, Human Resources Management, and Interviewing. His speaking engagements included Fortune 500 companies and he published over 20 articles about executive search, management, and the interview process. Martin contracted polio in the Army in the 1950s at the age of 23, and attended college through the G.I. Bill. In 2000, he established the Martin H. Bauman Scholarship Fund for Handicapped Students at New York University. As a survivor of polio, he was intimately aware of the challenges that handicapped people face every day, and felt that an education was one of the most important goals that should be available to all. Martin impacted the lives of many, many people in his business life and in his personal life. Placing people in jobs was an art form that demanded an expertise in social and psychological behaviors. He always said that in addition to having the technical aspects for a job, you had to "have the right fit on all levels." He taught young employees by example. For the one year in the company's history that was not profitable, his employees voluntarily took a 10% cut in salary (so no one would have to be let go); Martin did not take a salary that year. Some ex-employees went on to form their own companies, and some are now Principals and Partners in firms. He was a good teacher and a man of integrity. Martin was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol. He is survived by his two children, John and Elizabeth, his sister, Thelma Greenstein, his wife, Sherry and her children, Christopher Connor and Laura Connor O'Sullivan, and his step-grandchildren, Thomas, Claire, and Maeve O'Sullivan. Donations can be made in Martin's name to his scholarship fund. Checks should be made out to New York University, noting the scholarship name in the memo area (Martin H. Bauman Scholarship Fund for Handicapped Students), and sent to NYU, Development & Alumni Relations, 44 West 4th Street, Suite 10-160, New York, NY 10012. Funeral Services will be held on December 18 at 9:30am at Nassau North Chapels, 55 N. Station Plaza, Great Neck, NY 11021. Burial will be at Beth Moses Cemetery, Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735. The family will sit Shiva from 1pm until 4pm on Friday, December 18 at the Bauman home in Sands Point.
Published in New York Times on Dec. 18, 2015.