Bauer Aims for Better Depression Awareness
Date: February 1, 2010
When Ted W. Bauer was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, his coach said, “Of a decade when Washington and Lee was perceived as David slaying Goliaths, the best of the best was Teddy Bauer.” Today, some three decades later, Bauer is still tilting at Goliaths.
Bauer went on to become a noted Baltimore restauranteur. His most recent enterprise, the Oregon Grille in Maryland’s Hunt Valley horse country, is a favorite destination. And it was in that business that he met, he says, “the best employee I ever had, and a wonderful person as well.”
Bauer knew James Wah more than 26 years. He became a family friend and frequent guest in Bauer’s home. Unfortunately, not long ago, Wah succumbed to depression and took his own life. Now Bauer is again in the game, with mood-disorders as the opposition; The man once quick with a lacrosse stick has been fast to help Hopkins’ efforts to increase mood disorder education. “My hope,” Bauer explains, “is that awareness will keep other young people who aren’t well on a better path.”
Last year his funding from the Charles T. Bauer Foundation helped the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program. And now he’s raised more than $200,000—some from a successful annual golf tourney he’s begun—as seed money for broader understanding of depression. Part of the James Wah Fund for Mood Disorders, for example, will increase medical professionals’ expertise in mood disorders.