Gerald W. Bayer

February 18, 2011

MARCH 22, 1945-FEB. 15, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gerald Wayne Bayer passed away at his home in Annapolis on Feb. 15, 2011.

He was born March 22, 1945, in Boonsboro, Md., and grew up in Waynesboro, Pa.  

A graduate of Waynesboro High School in 1963, he received an associate degree in drafting and design from Penn State University in 1965, and a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Rochester in 1969.  

He had a long and distinguished career as an engineer, manager and vice president at Eastman Kodak Co., and was vice president of operations at Sterling Pharmaceutical. He also served on the board of directors and in leadership roles in companies including EMax Solution Partners and Technology Leaders.

An avid sailor, he sailed throughout the Caribbean and the Chesapeake Bay in his boat, Antietam, sharing his love of the water with many friends and family. Jerry and Antietam won the Caribbean 1500 offshore cruising regatta, sailing from the Chesapeake Bay to the British Virgin Islands in 2000.

Also a talented painter, he was a member of the Maryland Federation of Art and exhibited his work in several galleries.

He is survived by his parents, Betty Lee and Harlan Bayer of Waynesboro; wife, Cynthia Lewis Bayer, of Berwyn, Pa.; daughters, Julie Fox (Daniel Fox) of Ellicott City, Md., and Lisa Bayer (Phillip Marshall) of Rochester, N.Y.; grandchildren, Austin, Caitlin, David, Sara and Roy; and brother, Eugene Bayer of Waynesboro.

Service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.  

Internment will be at a later date, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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