Charles Bauer, 55-Year Veteran of Computer Science Department, Has Passed Away

With sorrow, the College of Science reports that Charles Bauer, professor of computer science emeritus, has passed away. The details of his wake and funeral are as follows:



charles-bauer-150w.jpgBauer retired from Illinois Tech last spring after 55 years of service. He joined the Department of Computer Science in 1962 and taught thousands of undergraduates over the years. For more than 25 years he taught the Introduction to Programming courses, andup until fall 2016, he taught Computers in Society, a class aimed to help upperclassman realize the responsibility they have to society as a software engineer.

In the late 1960s, he led a non-credit Saturday High School program at Illinois Tech to advance computer education for high school students and their teachers. Ultimately, 15,000 high school students and 1,200 teachers studied under this program. In 1970, he designed and created all the courses for the M.S. for Teachers in Information Science program.

Before joining Illinois Tech, Bauer worked at Lane Tech and wrote self-instruction texts for the IITRAN language, and then later, for a number of other programming languages. These books enabled college-level and high school-level students to learn to program without taking formal computer science courses. He was a longtime Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Mensa member.

Bauer and his wife Judith had four children, all of whom are Illinois Tech alumni: Mark Bauer (ME ’79, MAS ’80), Paula Monfroy (CHEM ’83, MS ’84), Peter Bauer (ME ’85, MAS ’89), and Matthew Bauer (MATH ’86, MS ’87; senior lecturer of Computer Science).