Marv Bauer's gift honors Jean Bauer, supports family development
Jean W. Bauer’s legacy of research and outreach with rural Minnesota families lives on thanks to funds contributed by Jean’s husband, Marvin Bauer, in her honor. Jean was a faculty member and an Extension specialist in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. The newest fund will create an endowment for research and teaching in family economics and policy by faculty with an Extension appointment in Jean’s former department.
Another fund, the Jean W. Bauer Fund in Family Financial Management, was created after Jean’s passing in 2012. It provides for Extension program initiatives in family financial literacy.
The new fund will ensure that Jean’s work helping families in Minnesota continues and grows through new research and education. Marv is confident that is what Jean would want. “She was dedicated to helping people, particularly in family resource management and economics, and taking research to the families of Minnesota,” he says.
As an Extension specialist, Jean led outreach and education programs in family resource management, including the development of Dollar Works, a nationally recognized Extension curriculum. Marv chose to include Extension work in the new college position because Extension was Jean’s passion and played a significant role in her career.
Everything was right at the University of Minnesota and Extension for Jean to develop and use her talents, Marv says. Her faculty position and her Extension appointment were two pieces of a whole that allowed her to research more effectively and use that research to serve the families of Minnesota.