Dr. Fred Bauer gives goodbye speech

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Mwaniki Muturi

This past Wednesday, April 6, Assumption hosted a farewell lecture and reception for Professor Fred Bauer, who will be retiring after this semester. One of Assumption’s most popular professors, Bauer has been teaching philosophy for over 47 years, one of the longest tenures by any Assumption College professor. Students, faculty and even alumni were all in attendance for Bauer’s farewell lecture, in which he spoke about Divine Deception, a philosophical concept that he has studied throughout his tenure at Assumption.

Attendees listened to Bauer attentively as he elaborated on this concept of Divine Deception, and Bauer interacted with the audience through brief demonstrations that many of his introduction to philosophy students would surely recognize.

After earning his Ph.L. at Angelicum University in Rome, and his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in 1968, Bauer started teaching philosophy at Assumption and has been here ever since. Working as a professor for the introduction to philosophy course, a general education course required for all Assumption students, Bauer’s teachings have been passed along throughout almost the entire student body.

As a philosophy professor, Bauer understood what it meant to look at life differently and made sure to push his students to think outside of the box. Senior Ann-Marie Iduyusi, a former student of Bauer’s, was one of many who were able to take Bauer’s lessons and apply them to real life.

“When I first started taking Intro to Philosophy, I honestly had trouble understanding what Bauer was saying because it sounded so bizzare,” Iduyusi said. “As the class went on, however, I was able to gain a better understanding of the message he was trying to share with us.”

Iduyusi believes that if it weren’t for Professor Bauer, she wouldn’t have the same mindset that she does today.

“The most important lesson I learned from Professor Bauer is that things aren’t always what they seem to be, and by learning this I’ve learned to always question what I see and hear and to always search for the truth,” said Iduyusi.

Apart from introduction to Philosophy, Bauer also taught Ethics and Philisophical Psychology during his tenure at Assumption.

A very respected and invaluable member of the Assumption College community, Bauer will truly be missed on campus by students and faculty alike.

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