Richard Dennis Bauman

April 26, 1938February 12, 2018
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Richard (Dick) Bauman passed away on February 12, 2018 at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a brave fight with cancer.

Dick had a long and successful career in engineering. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State in 1960. He received his masters degree from the University of Utah in 1964, and his Ph.D from Arizona State in 1967.

He taught as a graduate assistant at Arizona State, and as a professor at the University of Colorado, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Hawaii, and at Northern Arizona University. He enjoyed mentoring students, employees and co-workers in whom he saw promise, and maintained contact with a number of them for decades.

Dick left the world of academia in the 1970s. He was the Director of City Planning for Scottsdale, Arizona for two years. Returning to Boulder Colorado in 1975, he worked for Centennial Engineering, and then co-founded his own transportation planning company “TransPlan”, which he ran from 1978 to 1984.

From 1984 to 1990 he was the Assistant, and then the General Manager of RTD. He was the Chief Engineer on the E-470 highway construction in 1990-1991. He managed the final design and construction of the first 5.5 mile segment of the E-470 toll road in Denver. For later phases of E-470 construction, he oversaw project design for the design-build construction team.

He returned to Centennial Engineering in 1992 as an Executive Vice President. He worked as Chief Engineer for the Northwest Parkway from 2000-2007, responsible for managing the planning, design and construction of a 9.5 mile toll road in the Denver Metro area.

During his career, Dick served as a consultant on transportation projects in Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and China. In the last few years he worked as a consultant for various companies, most recently with L.S. Gallegos.

In 2002, Dick received the Roderick Downing Award for Significant Contributions to Transportation in Colorado, from the Colorado Department of Transportation. He received the Institute of Transportation Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 (Colorado/Wyoming Section). He was Vice President of the Colorado/Wyoming Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) in 1977/1978, and President of that organization in 1978/1979.

Dick was a loyal and supportive partner to his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth. They traveled often, completing seven walking tours together in England, France and Ireland, and visited a number of other places in Europe and Japan. They raised two boys (Steve and David), and took great pleasure in their grandchildren. He cherished his daughters-in-law Cindy and Nicole.

Dick always met problems head-on, and would never give up until he solved them. He was a creative thinker when obstacles to his projects and goals arose. He had the ability to see the big picture on big projects, and understood how to bring all of the necessary elements together to completion. He was never hesitant to try something new. He took up sailing, kayaking, and motorcycling, and could fix almost anything. He enjoyed a glass of good red wine.

He leaves behind his loving wife Elizabeth (Liz), sons Steve (Cindy) and David (Nicole), brother Michael (Tamar), and grandchildren Emily, Jack, Nick, and Will.

On Saturday, March 3, 2018 a visitation/greeting time for family and friends to visit with the family will be held from 2pm to 3pm in the Pavilion of Reflection. A memorial service will be held at 3pm to honor Richard at Olinger Crown Hill Pavilion of Reflection, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

The family would like to thank the staff of Lutheran Collier Hospice, for their kind and caring assistance.

Memorial tributes may be made to Bienvenidos Food Bank, 3810 N. Pecos St., Denver, CO 80211.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • A Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 3, 2018

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Becky Orr

March 19, 2018

I just learned of "Dick's" passing from a fellow docent with Historic Denver. I put "Dick" in quotes as I always called him Richard. We met in the 2014 first Historic Denver docent walking tour class. We quickly learned we were both ISU grads and that started our friendship. Richard was a superb source of all things railroad in our class. But, he was much more than that. He was a gentle, soft-spoken, intelligent and humble person. He and I were co-leading a group that first year when he took what he called "a little trip up" on the walk. He asked me if I would take his group as he was going to seek some medical help. Turns out he took a cab to the emergency room where he ultimately learned he did quite a bit of damage to his knee, had surgery and was out for touring that year. Yet, he remained absolutely calm, concerned first and foremost for his tour group. He was quite an asset for Historic Denver as a walking tour docent. I am saddened to hear of his passing and extend my sympathies to all his family.
Becky Orr

Joanna Morsicato

February 26, 2018

I don't know when I first encountered Dick, probably at Centennial Engineering, then we reconnected when working on the Jefferson Parkway Project. When I went to Hawaii (2011-2014) to work with the City and County of Honolulu on their rail project, the director, Toru Hamayasu, remembered being Dick's student when he taught at the University of did several others on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation staff!! Dick always made time for his friends and colleagues. We had lunch several times after I returned from Hawaii, and we worked on the Jefferson Parkway project again! He will be missed by all of us!

Gary Gable

February 20, 2018

Dick was a wonderful co-worker. Our time together was a real motivator for my career. He will be deeply missed but his contribution to our industry will be with us for a very long time. It has been my great pleasure to have known and to have worked with him.

Craig Gaskill

February 20, 2018

Dick was always willing to help and support co-workers and mentor young engineers. He provided me opportunities to some of the best projects I could have possibly imagined during my career. He had a passion for learning and a spark for pushing the boundaries to better projects.

Ray & Pat Defa

February 19, 2018

Dick shared his expertise with his Neighborhood Association through the years by helping to organize parking and traffic studies in the West Highland neighborhood. WHNA was thankful for his educated suggestions and ideas especially around the 32nd and Lowell small business area and its effect on the residents. He was also valued on the preservation and zoning committees. May all those special memories of the good times help you through the great loss of your husband, father, father-in-law, brother and grandfather. Sincerely Ray and Pat Defa (neighbors)

David Baskett

February 18, 2018

Dick was my mentor from age 25 throughout most of my career. We crossed paths in many ways from Centennial, working together in Boulder and RTD. More than any of that he was my friend and checked in on me several times after I had the same heart valve surgery he had. He was a good example in many things including how to have death with dignity. I will miss him, I will miss him and I will remember him.
Dave Baskett

February 14, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11


Liz and Dick
Lookout Mountain, 1999


1986, Skiing in Cortina, Italy, with Dieter and Cristal Leppert