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Robert C. Baeumler, Buffalo State fine arts professor

June 12, 1933 – April 25, 2013

Robert C. Baeumler, an accomplished painter and professor of fine arts at Buffalo State College for 30 years, died Thursday at his Buffalo home after a long illness. He was 79.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School. He also studied at Albright Art School.

He served in the Army during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and was stationed at West Point.

Mr. Baeumler earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Buffalo in 1957 and his master of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1961.

From 1963 to 1964, he was an assistant professor at Kutztown State College in Kutztown, Pa. He taught at Buffalo State from 1964 until his retirement in 1994.

As an artist, Mr. Baeumler had solo exhibitions at Hayes Hall at UB and at Galerie Thibaut in New York City.

He also was part of group shows at the Gallery Without Walls, the Burchfield Art Center and Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

His art ranged from abstract expressionism to homages to still-life work in the mold of Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh. He developed his own groundbreaking technique for integrating screen printing and painting.

Mr. Baeumler also loved to cast and sculpt still-life objects. His own garden and the gardens discovered across Western New York were often inspirations for his work.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Joan P. Lynch; two sons, Klee Baeumler and Blake Von Knopka; two daughters, Inge Baeumler-Monin and Caitlin Baeumler Coleman; and a brother, Dr. George.Services will be private.

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