K. Jack Bauer Award
In 1988, the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) created the K. Jack Bauer Award to honor those who have given distinguished service to NASOH and have made life-time contributions to the field of maritime history. Jack Bauer (1926-1987) was a dear friend and colleague of many founding members of NASOH and a mentor to many other younger people, who followed him to become members of NASOH and active scholars in the fields of maritime or military history. Karl Jack Bauer was born on 30 July 1926 in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Charles August Bauer, an engineer, and Isabelle Fairbanks Bauer. Jack Bauer completed his undergraduate work at Harvard College in 1948 and went on to graduate study at Indiana University, where he earned his M.A. in 1949 and his Ph.D. degree in 1953. On 18 August 1951, he married Dorothy Sargent, with whom he had three children: Eric, Neil, and Anne.
His publications were substantial: In 1957, he published List of World War I Signal Corps Films (National Archives, 1957); with James G. Boland, he edited the first volume of The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Naval History Division, 1959); Surfboats and Horse Marines: U.S. Naval Operations in the Mexican War, 1846-48 (Naval Institute Press,1969); Ships of the Navy – Combat Vessels (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1970), which was revised and extended by Stephen S. Roberts as Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990 : Major Combatants (Greenwood Press, 1995). He wrote The Mexican War, 1846-1848 (Macmillan, 1974) and was associate editor with Paolo Coletta and Robert G. Albion of American Secretaries of the Navy (Naval Institute Press, 1980). He edited The New American State Papers: Naval Affairs (Scholarly Resources, 1981) and edited with Benjamin F. Gilbert, Ports in the West (Sunflower University Press, 1983), and with Paolo Coletta, U.S. Naval and Marine Corps Bases (Greenwood Press, 1985). His final major work was Soldier, Planter, Statesman: Zachary Taylor and the Old Southwest (Louisiana State University Press, 1986). Jack Bauer served on the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Committee on Naval History, and was a trustee of the American Military Institute, 1959-1962 and in 1980.
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