Sept. 29, 1915 – Oct. 8, 2012
Dr. Charles A. Bauda, a family doctor on Buffalo’s Italian-American West Side for 40 years, died Monday in Bethesda Hospital, Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 97.
Dr. Bauda, who was able to speak with many of his patients in their native Sicilian dialect, was a champion of family medicine. At the University of Buffalo, where he earned his medical degree in 1942, he established the Dr. Bauda Award in Family Practice, which is given annually to a third-year student.
Prominent in national and international Catholic medical organizations, he was honored in 1971 as a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Paul VI.
The Buffalo News named him as Citizen of the Year in 1983, the year he retired. He opened his offices on Niagara Street in 1944.
Dr. Bauda was president of the staff of Sheehan Emergency Hospital and Columbus Hospital and served on their boards of directors. He also was a staff member at Sisters Hospital.
In 1972, he served as president of the National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guilds, now the Catholic Medical Association, after terms as a local and state president.
In 1970, he was chairman of the scientific sessions of the XII International Congress of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations in Washington, D.C., and served on the federation’s executive committee from 1970 to 1986.
He was active in Pre-Cana and sex education work in the Diocesan Family Life Department for 20 years. A life member of the Bishop’s Lay Advisory Council and a life member of the Knights of Columbus, he was a longtime parishioner at Holy Cross Church and the first president of its Parish Council. He was a lector at the church and was appointed honorary president of its Holy Name Society.
He served on the board of trustees at D’Youville College and was chairman of the D’Youville College Council. D’Youville granted him an honorary doctor of science degree in 1979. He was named a trustee emeritus in 1985.
Born in Buffalo as one of 12 children, he attended Schools 2 and 1, where he received the Sons of the American Revolution medal of honor for character and scholarship. He was a 1934 graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School.
He earned his undergraduate degree from UB, where he was treasurer and president of Alpha Phi Delta, a fraternity of students of Italian heritage. He served his internship at Sisters Hospital, which included Emergency and St. Mary’s hospitals.
He was an assistant professor of family medicine at UB and served as a member of the Medical Admissions Committee from 1979 to 1982. He also was civilian physician for the ROTC at UB.
He established additional scholarships at UB in pharmacy and engineering in memory of two of his deceased brothers, Samuel and Michael, and one of his sisters, Jennie DeMuth. He also endowed scholarships at D’Youville and the Sisters of Charity School of Nursing.
After closing his offices, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., in 1983 and received a master’s degree in theology from St. Vincent de Paul Seminary there. His thesis was titled: “A Moral Evaluation of Reproductive Technologies in In Vitro Fertilization, Based on Anthropological Foundations.”
His wife of 63 years, the former Philomena V. Esposito, a nurse who worked beside him in his practice, died in 2007.
“We both spoke Italian and were dedicated to our respective professions with the same spiritual compassion of care giving,” Dr. Bauda said following her death. “She was my wife, secretary, office nurse and traveling companion.”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.