Donor Spotlight

Alumni Frederick and Ruth Bauer Give a Gift to Help Children for Generations to Come!

Fred and Ruth Bauer have a long history with NYCMS, both served as staff members at Camp Sharparoon in the late 1940’s.  When they met in the summer of 1948, Fred was an Assistant Camp Director and Ruth was overseeing the integration of female campers into the camp program.

According to their daughter, Dottie Bauer, “my father was against the idea of making Sharparoon a co-ed camp. When the first female counselors arrived at the train station near Dover Plains, my dad drove the luggage truck while the women all rode with another staff member. Little did he know he would marry one of those women!”

Ruth and Fred fell in love that summer and were married by their Sharparoon colleague and friend, the Rev. P.J. “Patty” Zacarra, in June 1949. They then returned to camp as newlyweds.  According to Dottie, “other staff members joked with my father that while they wanted him to embrace the idea of a co-ed camp, it wasn’t necessary for him to marry the woman in charge of bringing girls into the camp program.”

Ruth and Fred lived in Massachusetts for 35 years, raising a family and pursuing careers in education. Fred taught high school and then became a librarian; Ruth directed a Sunday School Program and taught elementary school.

As Fred and Ruth Bauer were thinking about their family legacy, they decided to make an estate gift to NYCMS to help inner-city children in the NYC area. According to their daughter, “Education and service were always at the forefront of my parents’ lives. They chose NYCMS because it made a difference in their lives and in the lives of others. Despite the closing of the camping programs, there are still things happening that they wanted to support.”

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