distinguished alumni award
Theodore J. "Ted" Bauer
Theodore J. "Ted" Bauer, 33MD, 34BS, was born
in Iowa City and educated in its parochial schools before entering
the UI as an undergraduate. The son of a hardworking family that lost
both its broom factory and farm during the Depression, Bauer worked
his way through medical school, earning his degrees against long odds.
graduating from the UI medical school, Bauer left Iowa for internships
and residencies in Chicago and New York, experiences that furthered
his interest in public epidemiology and set the bearings for the
course of his career.
Beginning his medical career at a time when there were not antibiotics
and when deadly diseases such as polio were widespread and indiscriminate
killers, Bauer found himself on the front lines in many major public
health battles. While in Chicago, a precocious Bauer established a
badly needed Venereal Disease Center for that city in 1942. The fight
for cures eventually took him around the country and world, and his
career began to increasingly reflect his interest in public health
He served as chief of the Division of Venereal Disease in US Public
Health Service in Washington, DC, from 1948-53, and medical officer
in charge of the Communicable Disease center (now known as the Center
for Disease Control) in Atlanta, from 1953-56. Bauer also served on
numerous expert committees for the World Health Organization in Switzerland,
from 1948-57, and was chief of the Bureau for State Services in the
US Public Health Service in Washington, DC, from 1960-62.
Bauer's medical career coincided with astoundingly rapid scientific
innovations, both in treatment and prevention of disease, and he approached
his work with an eye to disseminating these new discoveries and teaching
techniques. Through the years, he became a fixture as a visiting lecturer
at the nation's best medical schools, continued to do research in the
fields of immunology and communicable diseases, published more than
50 scientific articles on infectious diseases and chronic disease control,
and was editor of the Journals of Venereal Disease Information from
In 1962, after receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the
US Public Health Service, Bauer went to work for Becton, Dickinson
and Company, a major pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, where he
was senior vice president for Research and Medical Affairs from 1967-75.
Bauer's many professional achievements are recorded in the history
of public health medicine in our century, just as his generosity and
devotion to building a better and healthier future for UI Hospitals
and Clinics promises a lasting legacy. In 1994, Bauer and his wife,
Helen Matters Bauer, 31BA, established a significant charitable remainder
unitrust that will eventually provide scholarships for outstanding
students in need of financial assistance in the UI College of Medicine.
Bauer and his wife are life members of the UI Alumni Association
and members of the UI Foundation's Presidents Club.
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