Alex S. Bauer M.S. ’67, a resident of Sunnyvale, age 91, passed away at his home of natural causes on May 31, 2013. He touched many people with his kind, compassionate nature and through his dedication to Holocaust education as a survivor.
Alex was born in Kom di, Hungary, on May 25, 1922, the son of Joseph and Sarah Bauer, one of seven children. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich and Santa Clara University. Alex married Rita Markowitz in Chicago on June 6, 1956. In 1962 they moved to the Bay Area, where Alex worked as an electronics engineer for several microwave companies, including Sylvania and Loral. Alex dedicated more than 30 years to Holocaust education, speaking to hundreds of high school and college students about his experience. On June 6, 1944, as the Allies were invading Normandy, Alex was drafted into forced labor with the Hungarian army. Later that year, the German government, who had seized control of Hungary, sent Alex to the Dachau concentration camp and, later, to smaller work camps in southern Germany. He was liberated in 1945 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Alex was invited to speak about the Holocaust to both the California State Assembly and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was an active volunteer at Congregation Beth David and at the Stanford Health Library. He also enjoyed listening to lectures on astronomy and the sciences. Alex is survived by his sister Magda, age 100, who lives in Israel; by his sons Ken MBA ’97 and Steve; by his daughter-in-law Lynn; and by his grandchildren Benjamin and Leigh (Ken) and Lauren and Xan (Steve). Alex was predeceased by his wife, Rita, who passed away on April 5, 2006.