Harald Paul Bauer, a decorated pilot in two wars who went on to a 30-year career as an award-winning journalist and news executive, passed away peacefully on May 22 after a fall and head injury. He was 90 years old.
A resident of Atascadero, he is survived by his wife Margi Bauer, three sons from his first marriage, three grandchildren, and his sister. He was born in Berlin, the son of Walter Bauer, a German surgeon, and Lottka Hughes his American mother.
In a life filled with extraordinary events, one of the most remarkable was the fact that Hal served first for Germany in World War II and later with the United States in the Korean War.
Continuing as a Navy pilot would have required Hal to get aircraft carrier qualification. Being too old to do that, he returned to the world of journalism, first with the Associated Press and then with United Press International.
Given various reporting assignments for U.P.I., including a stint as a White House Correspondent, Hal was made a news executive. In that capacity, he later helped start Unicom News Service, a financial newswire based in London that was a joint venture between United Press and Knight Ridder newspapers.
In his final news job, he was named Vice President News and Information Services at U.P.I.
He then began a second career that lasted for 30 years in video licensing for the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation where he ultimately served as a life member of the organization’s Board of Directors, a post he held until his death.
During his semi-retirement, Hal devoted time to volunteering at the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles and giving presentations about his career to civic groups around California. Watch a YouTube video of such a presentation at https://youtu.be/xmJqjx9VVKM. You also can learn more at the Chapel of the Roses website, https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/atascadero-ca/chapel-of-the-roses/9871
He will be sadly missed by his wife Margi, his sons John, Kevin, and Stephen, his grandchildren Katie, Hanna and Christopher-CJ, his sister Hannelore Strauss in Germany, daughter-in-law Karen, sisters-in-law Renate Bauer, Martha (Wally) White, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and his first wife Barbara.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Estrella Warbirds Museum Paso Robles. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Estrella Warbirds Museum or Honor Flight Network.