Bauser­man, owner of Mary­land Airport, dies

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL SYKES II msykes@somd­news.com

Gil­bert Lee “Gil” Bauser­man, the owner, op­er­a­tor and CEO of the Mary­land Airport, died April 11. He was 73.

Tammy Pot­ter, Bauser­man’s daugh­ter, said many peo­ple know him as the owner of the Mary­land airport, but he was much more than that, she said.

“I just re­mem­ber, ev­ery time I’d go some­where with him and my mom,” Pot­ter said,

“I used to tease them and say ev­ery time we go out to din­ner I feel like I’m fa­mous be­cause ev­ery­body is al­ways cater­ing to your needs be­cause they love you.”

Bauser­man was al­ways bright and happy, she said, whether he was talk­ing about the airport or talk­ing about his fam­ily. It is “hard to say” ex­actly how much he meant to the peo­ple around him, she said, be­cause he touched so many peo­ple. But no mat­ter what, she said, he al­ways preached kind­ness and re­spect for all peo­ple.

But more than any­thing else, she said, one thing sticks out for her.

“It’s that I can make some­thing pos­i­tive out of neg­a­tive no mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances if I just hold onto my faith and press on and move for­ward,” Pot­ter said. “And to not give up on my dreams.”

Bauser­man was a man who al­ways fol­lowed his dreams and had goals for him­self and his fam­ily, she said. He started op­er­at­ing the airport in the early 1960s.

The airport was founded in 1943 by the Bauser­man fam­ily. Af­ter a stint in the Navy, Gil Bauser­man ded­i­cated him­self to run­ning it and mak­ing it a vi­able op­tion and eco­nomic pil­lar for Charles County.

Sue Greer, a lawyer and part­ner at the Greer Law Firm in La Plata, said Bauser­man’s le­gacy be­hind the airport is some­thing that has the po­ten­tial to serve the county for gen­er­a­tions.

“His le­gacy was his and his fam­ily’s,” Greer said. “And you’ve got to men­tion Jack Craw­ford. They wanted the cre­ation and ex­pan­sion of the airport as some­thing that would serve the county and chil­dren of the county.”

At one point, Charles County Com­mis­sioner De­bra Davis (D) said the airport was the fu­ture of eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity in Charles County. For many peo­ple, she said, it still was. His pas­sion was in­fec­tious, she said.

“His pas­sion and his vi­sion for our county: He fought tire­lessly to bring that airport to fruition and en­large that airport be­cause he be­lieved in it,” Davis said.

For years, Davis said, she had worked with Bauser­man as a part­ner and wanted to help him bring his vi­sion to life. In re­cent times, she said, he was hit with op­po­si­tion from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent an­gles but was never de­terred.

He con­tin­ued fight­ing for what he be­lieved in, she said, and that was all that mat­tered to him. He was soft-spo­ken, but when­ever the airport was a topic of dis­cus­sion he had the loud­est voice in the room. He did what he loved, she said.

“He was happy,” Davis said. “He was in great spir­its. He was very happy.”

Bauser­man had the vi­sion, Greer said, of see­ing what the airport could do for the peo­ple of the county. And he never let go of that vi­sion, she said. Now, she said, the com­mu­nity has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure that dream is com­pleted.

Pot­ter agreed and said her fa­ther’s goals are now hers. The ex­pan­sion of the airport and the es­tab­lish­ment of it as an eco­nomic en­gine for Charles County along with mak­ing it a real re­liever op­tion for Re­gan Na­tional Airport is some­thing she feels she must do now.

“I want to do ev­ery­thing I can to make that hap­pen,” Pot­ter said. “I want to fin­ish up that mas­ter plan. Do ev­ery­thing I can to make his dream come true, his vi­sion come to fruition. That’s very im­por­tant to me.”

Obit­u­ary in­for­ma­tion from Ray­mond Fu­neral Home in La Plata states fu­neral ser­vice will be at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day, April 19, at the In­dian Head Pav­il­lion, 100 Wal­ter Thomas Road. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Trin­ity Me­mo­rial Gardens in Wal­dorf.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Gil Bauser­man re­ceived a con­gres­sional medal of honor from Con­gress­man Steny Hoyer on be­half of his late fa­ther, Charles Bauser­man, in July at the Mary­land Airport.

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