C of I Newsletter

2008. 10. 07.

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The C of I community mourns the death of Dr. Gerald M. Baur; memorial service Friday

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) M. Baur, 64, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on October 3. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and close friends. He was a dedicated surgeon with the highest integrity, and a loving husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Jerry was born March 7, 1944 in Washington, DC. He spent most of his childhood in Missouri with his older brother James Baur of California, younger brother John Baur of Memphis and sister Jade Towe of Missouri.

After graduating from high school in Fulton, Mo., Jerry attended The College of Idaho. He was a senior class officer, a part of the Intercollegiate Knights and a valued member of the ‘Yotes baseball team. Jerry graduated in 1966 with a degree in zoology. He earned a medical degree from Tulane University in 1970.

In 1972, after his internship in Portland, Ore., Jerry joined the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Ogden in the Vietnam War until 1974. Jerry was later honorably discharged from service as a Lieutenant Commander in 1980.

Jerry completed his surgical residency in 1975 at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Ore. He served six years as associate professor of vascular surgery at OHSU until 1984 when he decided to go into private practice and moved to Boise with his family.

He joined Cardiovascular and Chest Surgical Associates and was the first board-certified vascular surgeon in Idaho. He was on staff of Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and the VA Medical Center as a vascular surgeon until his retirement from private practice in 2005.

During those years, he was on the Board of Directors of SLRMC, SLRMC Foundation and served as chief of staff from 1995 to 1997. He also served at SARMC on the credential committee and as chair, and as chairman of the department of surgery at both SLRMC and SARMC.

In May of 2006 Jerry became director of surgical services at SARMC until his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in June 2007.

Jerry loved backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains, scuba diving, gardening and traveling the world. He was dedicated to his family and to The College of Idaho. He always said that who he became was because of the firm foundation he received from his education at The College of Idaho. In the early 1990s, Jerry made a full commitment back to The College of Idaho as an integral part of the Alumni Board, and was an avid supporter of The C of I Athletics and various organizations on campus.

From 1993 until 2005, he was a member of the Board of Trustees and was named chairman in 2006. In 2005 he received the Alumni Service Award. In the fall of 2007, Jerry enjoyed the honor of a lifetime from the College; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Jerry is survived by his wife Tricia Baur, daughter Dani Akulschin of Gig Harbor, Washington, daughter Jenni Carrier of Meridian, Idaho and his four grandchildren; Trent, Christopher, Robert and Madelyn. He is preceded in death by his parents Al and Alice Baur.

Memorial services for Jerry will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 10 in Jewett Auditorium on the campus of The College of Idaho. People traveling from Boise on Interstate 84 should allow 45 minutes to an hour due to road construction. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, also on the campus.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry would like donations to be made to The College of Idaho’s Boone Fund or the Langroise Trio Fund. To contribute, please call Leslee Hoover at 459-5017 or email.