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Jeffrey Baus
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Jeffrey Wolcott Baus, 81, of Orinda, CA passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on February 28, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Beverly Jean Baus, daughter Jennifer Baus, sons Stephen Baus and Michael Baus, daughters-in-law Elizabeth (Hecht) Baus and Lorraine (Dillon) Baus, and granddaughters Meaghan Baus, Jemma Baus, Aisling Baus, and Edain Baus. Jeff was a man of integrity, deep faith, and generosity.

Jeff Baus was born in Los Angeles, the son of Anne McGinty Baus and Norman Baus, who were originally from Cleveland, OH. His father passed away when Jeff was two years of age and his mother chose to stay in Los Angeles where Jeff attended Loyola High School before enrolling at UCLA. At UCLA Jeff received a B.S. in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting, was a member of UCLA’s varsity men’s crew team and the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, where he made lifelong friends, and was a cadet in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduating, Jeff began his full time naval service as an Ensign aboard USS Ranger and cruised the Pacific Ocean before leaving the Navy as a Lieutenant (junior grade). He was extremely proud to serve his country, and his patriotism and strong sense of duty were lifelong characteristics.

While serving in the Navy, Jeff met Beverly. They married in 1961 and settled in Oakland, CA. Jeff joined Price Waterhouse as a staff accountant in 1961 and spent thirty five years, his entire professional career, at the firm. He made partner in 1974 and traveled the world serving multinational clients. Jeff was based in San Francisco for most of his career, but spent several years as the Partner in Charge of the Oakland office and ran the firm’s Seoul, South Korea office for five years. While in Seoul, Jeff served as the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce and was a member of The Fulbright Commission as well as the Ambassador’s Roundtable.

Jeff loved reading, especially about history and contemporary politics, and built a library with several hundred volumes. Upon retiring from Price Waterhouse, Jeff found time to renew his love of active sports. He was an avid runner and completed the original marathon course in Athens, Greece. Jeff was a snow and water skier, and played tennis and golf at the Orinda Country Club, where he was an active member and volunteer, and served as President in 2002. Jeff also loved trains, and enjoyed traveling across North America by train in his retirement. But perhaps more than anything, Jeff enjoyed hiking and walking with his faithful yellow lab, Linus.

Jeff is remembered for his integrity, character and keen interest in the well-being others. He was a generous donor to dozens of charities.

A family service was held for Jeff at the Santa Maria Catholic Church in Orinda. Donations may be made in Jeff Baus’s honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.


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