Rev. Roy Bauer Leaves One of Largest Estate Gifts to QND


Quincy Notre Dame Foundation has received a substantial gift from the estate of Reverend Roy Bauer. This investment represents one of the largest estate gifts presented to QND and will be used to support the Reverend Roy Bauer Endowed Scholarship. The funds received from the estate will be invested and the dividends from the principal will support yearly tuition assistance to help future students afford a Catholic education at Quincy Notre Dame High School. Thirty percent of QND students receive some sort of financial aid while attending QND. The Quincy Notre Dame Foundation manages over 100 endowed scholarships and operates to help financially support Quincy Notre Dame High School.

“Fr. Bauer loved life and believed in the value of a Catholic education. He worked hard to help families make it a reality for their children to attend Catholic schools,” stated Kurt Stuckman, executive director of the QND Foundation. “It is extremely difficult to adequately put words to a gift like this. To say we are grateful and humbled is truly an understatement. This transformational gift will enable future students to receive a Catholic education in perpetuity. We are indebted to the Bauer family and the life and storied legacy of Fr. Bauer.”

Bauer was born on March 27, 1934, in Quincy, the son of Albert and Irene (Hummel) Bauer. He attended St. Francis Grade School in Quincy and St. Henry Preparatory Seminary in Belleville. After high school, he attended the Diocesan Latin School in Old Berlin and then completed his theology degree at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. Bauer served as a parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Church in

Springfield, St. Thomas Church in Decatur and St. Anthony Church in Effingham. He was then appointed pastor at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardin while also serving three other parishes; St. Anselm in Kampsville, St. Michael’s in Michael, and St. Agnes in Bellview. Fr. Bauer came back to Quincy in 1986 as pastor of Church of St. Peter where he stayed for nearly 20 years.

After retirement, Bauer kept busy serving as chaplain on cruise ships, covering for other priests at their parishes, teaching religion classes, organizing and attending eighth grade class trips to Washington D.C., and researching and writing about local Catholic history. Bauer died on April 21, 2017. He is survived by one brother and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

For 150 years, Quincy Notre Dame, as a Catholic co-educational school, seeks to build a community of learners among its faculty, staff, students and parents. Quincy Notre Dame fosters an environment of consideration and acceptance, while challenging its members to develop their potential through strong educational and extra-curricular programs.  Quincy Notre Dame strives to prepare its students to assume vital Christian roles in a constantly changing world.






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