Dustin Bauer is a very good friend of mine. He is a Baltimore guy to the core: he bleeds purple, orange, and black.
Unfortunately, Dustin passed away earlier this spring from complications due to a brain injury suffered at Mount Saint Mary’s College. His passing taught us all a valuable lesson about how to live life to the fullest.
Dustin was one of my life-long friends. He played age-group soccer and lacrosse with me for several years with the Loch Raven Rec. Council.
He attended Calvert Hall and graduated with me in 2004. As all of the Hall men will tell you, he was LaSallian to the core. His life, albeit unnecessarily short, affected so many others through his charisma and the way he lived his life. It was quite easy to tell when Dustin was in a classroom or at a party…everyone just seemed to be happier, and it wasn’t a coincidence. It’s hard to imagine how many lives he touched, but it’s easy to see why.
And thanks to the work of many of his family, friends, teammates, teachers, classmates, and even people who didn’t know him, scholarship funds have been set up in his honor.
Proceeds will benefit the Dustin M. Bauer Commemorative Grant at Calvert Hall, and other organizations and funds that have been set up in his name at The Mount and elsewhere.
Dustin’s 5K Memorial Run will be held at Oregon Ridge Park on November 16th, 2008. You can register online at:
Just look for the event on the left side of the webpage under the “upcoming events” header. And even if you can’t run, please, donate all that you can.
To quote a letter I recently received from Doug Heidrick, who is the alumni director at Calvert Hall, this will not be the only event that honors Dustin:
“Dustin will be remembered through the participation of the runners in the Baltimore Marathon beginning on October 11th, 2008. This is a race that Dustin was planning to run for the first time this year. This participation will continue on an annual basis for the future.”
Dustin’s grant at Calvert Hall will go to students who:
“- demonstrate the ability to persist through challenging tasks and life events with attention to personal growth and the development of those around him
- show productive self-expression and improve their lives and the lives of others through quality group-work and…
-establish a functioning organization with involvement of multiple school and non-school stakeholders that provide a valuable product or service and prepare for it to continue in the future.”
Thanks to Tom Mansfield and everyone at Charm City Run. This event would not have happened without the knowledge and experience they bring to setting up events like this one.
I hope that Dustin’s life has inspired you to live life as he did. As his brother DeWitt aptly stated: Dustin was ”a truly selfless person.”