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Jean W. Bauer Fund in Family Financial Management

The Jean W. Bauer Fund in Family Financial Management provides support to the University of Minnesota Extension program initiatives related to the areas of financial literacy, public policy education for families living with limited incomes, curriculum and online resource development, and providing professional development opportunities for Extension family economics staff.

In Honor of Jean Bauer

This fund is in honor of Jean Bauer. Jean Warner Bauer (1944-2012), the daughter of Howard and Mary Ann Warner, was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. She attended and earned degrees from Indiana State University (B.S.; Home Economics Education; 1966), Purdue University (M.S.; Family Economics; 1969), and University of Illinois (Ph.D.; Family and Consumption Economics; 1981). In 1973, Jean became an extension specialist and an instructor in the Consumer Sciences and Retailing Department at Purdue. In 1983, Jean accepted a faculty position at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Social Science.

In addition to her faculty position in Family Social Science, Jean was also a University of Minnesota Extension Specialist, a highly respected leader, and mentor. Her scholarly legacy focused on family resource management. In the 1990s she developed a deep interest in public policy — particularly how policies such as welfare reform affect rural families. This interest led to the Rural Families Speak project, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jean exemplified the mission of Extension, and her life's work and passion gave voice to rural, low-income residents in Minnesota and beyond.

Jean W. Bauer passed away in July 2012, leaving a legacy of research, teaching, public policy education, and outreach at the University of Minnesota and beyond. Donating to the Jean W. Bauer Fund in Family Financial Management is a great way to remember and honor Jean's legacy, and ensure that the work will continue for future generations.

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