Passing of Isabel Bauer (Class of 1955) - A Somerville Legend

Jul 09, 2020

It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Isabel Bauer (Bloomer, Class of 1955). Isabel is integral to what Somerville House is today; she was OGA's longest standing President, leading our alumni for over 20 years and serving on the Committee since the 1970s. Whether Isabel was holding a fundraising event - or a protest placard to save our school - she was a dignified and passionate advocate for female education, a strong leader and fierce supporter of her fellow Somerville sisters.

Somerville House remains where it currently stands today, due to Isabel’s legendary protection. Her generous legacy also lives on in the many gifts and capital works projects she led the Foundation and Old Girls to fund, including the Seymour Library and Bauer Building (the new boarding house). Isabel achieved much in her life both within and outside the Somerville community, and a detailed tribute from the Old Girls will be forthcoming.

Isabel's daughters Rebecca Bauer (1988), Miriam Musgrave (1990) - and granddaughters Alexandra (grade 7) and Emma (grade 4) - will hold a private service this Friday at the Somerville House Chapel, to celebrate her life. Attendance is limited to invitation only, due to current restrictions.

Isabel continued to actively serve on the OGA Committee, attend meetings and contribute to robust discussions about Somerville's past, present and future - right through to the very end. Forever a 'Somerville girl', Isabel was deeply loved by our community and will be immensely missed.

Please feel free to pass on any messages of support - or memories of Isabel  - to connect@somervillehouseoga.com.au. We will pass these on to the Bauer family. 

 


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