Lawrence E. Bauer
OLIVEREA — Lawrence E. Bauer of Oliverea, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, June 22, 2014, at home.
Born Nov. 19, 1927, in Brooklyn, Larry was the son of Herman and Gertrude (Sparrow) Bauer. He grew up on Long Island and after attending the University of Michigan, was a graduate from Hofstra University.
As a child, Larry suffered with a severe stutter, which he eventually overcame through his love of music and work with the University of Michigan radio station. He attended Camp Tarigo in Fleischmanns in 1939, and his passion for rural life in the mountains eventually led him to settle in the Catskills.
After college, he entered the family fabric business and started a long career in sales. An avid skier and accomplished ski patroller, Larry became the national sales manager for Head Ski Clothing in the 1960s. His territory included the Catskill Region and when he told his customer John McGrath, that he wanted to buy a home, he was pointed to the Oliverea Valley and settled there in 1968.
In the 1970s he helped to found Puckihuddle there. The business manufactured early American home decorating items, all sewn by local women and sold them wholesale, retail, and through catalogs, all over the United States. At its peak, Puckihuddle employed 125 local seamstresses.
An early member of the Shandaken Theatrical Society, Larry performed in many plays and helped stage high school musicals at Onteora.
He was a member of the Shandaken Planning Board, served on numerous local and regional advisory councils and was a board member of the Shandaken Area Chamber of Commerce.
His volunteer work led him to become a substitute teacher at both Onteora Central and Margaretville Central Schools.
At the age of 60, Larry earned a master’s degree in American Literature at SUNY New Paltz and became a full-time teacher of high school English at Onteora, where he taught until his retirement in 2000.