Alan Edward Bachman, 82, died at his home Friday, August 17th, 2012. He leaves behind his wife, Karen, whom he adored and cherished for 41 years, as well as: son Sam Bachman (Georgia, Dana, Charlie & Ben), son David Bachman, son David Corwin (Anne, Alexandra, Madeline & Andrew), son Timon Corwin (Rachel, Timothy, Felix, Emma, & Oscar), daughter Lisa Cepeda (Antonio, Agustín, Anik, Alexa & Marco), daughter Carly Bachman (Colin Mullins), loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and his many, many friends that had become part of his extended family throughout his 82 years of life.
Alan grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and he was always a proud, progressive Midwesterner at heart, no matter where he traveled or lived in life. He served his country as an MP in the Korean War, worked for AO Smith as a benefits analyst, and was a United Way representative on his employer's behalf for many years. While he wasn't a religious person, his Jewish heritage was extremely important to him and he saw himself as firmly rooted in his family's lineage and traditions. He was an avid connoisseur of card games, especially bridge and poker, loved computers and gadgets in general, and felt lucky to have lived through what he saw as an incredible technological revolution. Alan's keen interest in new ideas and hobbies found him dabbling throughout his life, from what he read (mysteries, history, political essays, and thrillers), to his hobbies (sailing classes, coaching flag football, riding motorcycles, woodworking projects in the basement, and weeks spent at a folk arts school in North Carolina, learning to weave and wood turn later in life.)
Quick to say yes to just about anything, whether to a bowl of frozen custard or a breakfast diner, or to a new car or a spontaneous cross-country road trip just for fun, he was easy to please, he simply said "sure!" His favorite of all pastimes was bragging on his kids and grandkids. His pride knew few limits in this regard, which, in combination with his passion for a good, fiery debate, could sometimes find him in hot water while watching his kids or grandkids in a particularly competitive tennis match with a particularly nearsighted linesperson. He enjoyed being impressed by skills, beauty or intelligence, and it was through his family that he regularly found his jaw dropped or his eyebrows raised in awe-inspired respect, which he usually verbalized with a chuckle. Of course, no one could make him chuckle more than his beautiful wife, Karen. For him, she personified his taste for both the refined and the silly, and he appreciated her goodness and generous spirit until the end.
An open house in celebration of Alan will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 305 Wellborn Ave., in College Station, this Wednesday, August 22nd, from 2-4 pm.
Contributions in Alan's honor may be made to:
Health for All
PO Box 5913
Bryan, TX 77805