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Walter A. Baun '53

Walter A. Baun '53, former university regent and 1851 Society member, passed away Jan. 19. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno, CA.

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Pacific community saddened at passing of former regent and alumnus Walt Baun ‘53

Feb 1, 2016

Walter Allen Baun '53, former Pacific Regent and 1851 Society member, died on Jan. 19 at the age of 84.

As a Pacific student, Baun was a member of the Men's Tennis and Water Polo teams and Omega Phi Alpha Fraternity, and earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Pacific in 1953.
He later went on to serve his country as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. He continued to live a life marked by leadership and service to others with his visionary philanthropy, passionate service as a member of Pacific's Board of Regents for more than 20 years, and extensive involvement in the Pacific community, including leadership roles in the Alumni Association and many years of service on the School of Engineering and Computer Science Dean's Council. In 1992, Pacific Athletics recognized him with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, which is given to former Pacific athletes who have achieved distinction in their professional lives through the notable examples of integrity, dedication, idealism and team spirit.

The Baun family has maintained a meaningful and close relationship with Pacific over the years with more than a dozen family members connected to the university. Walt's parents, Ted and Alice Baun, both earned their undergraduate degrees from Pacific and Ted served as a member of the Board of Regents for more than 40 years. Walt's two sons, his brothers, brother-in-law and sister all earned their degrees from Pacific as well, and the Baun family legacy lives on today with the attendance of his granddaughter, Jenna Graves '16.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Country Club at 5704 E Butler Ave, Fresno, CA 93727. The family has requested that those who wish may make memorial gifts to St. Mary's Anglican Church at 6175 E Kings Canyon Rd, Fresno, or University of Pacific at 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211, or


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