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Augusta (Gallagher) Baum

Augusta (Gallagher) Baum

Friday, May 3rd, 1918 - Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Obituary

Augusta Gallagher Baum
1918 - 2020
"An Inspiration"

Photo courtesy of the Baum family, taken on the occasion of Mrs. Baum's 100th birthday. In the background is of her artwork displayed at the West Acton Library.


Augusta Gallagher Baum, a seven year resident of Newbury Court, Concord, MA, passed away of heart failure on November 26, 2020.

She was born in Malden, MA, on May 3, 1918, the oldest of five children, to Dr. Nicholas Ambrose Gallagher and Anna Theodora Bonzagni. She attended the Malden Public Schools and took art lessons at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After graduating from Emmanuel College in 1940, Augusta married John L. Baum and they moved to Franklin, New Jersey, and later Hamburg, NJ, and they were happily married for seventy three years. Augusta was the devoted mother of two sons, Dwight Gallagher and Peter Nicholas. The family enjoyed their summer home in Grafton, NH for many years.

From an early age Augusta showed artistic talent, and her lessons at the MFA lead to a career as a professional artist. She was a signature member of the Northeast New Jersey Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Essex NJ Watercolor Society, the first watercolor society in New Jersey. Augusta, along with her husband Jack, were avid museum enthusiasts. She was a board member of the Sussex County Historical Society, and a member the Franklin Historical Society and HamburgHistorical Society. She was a longtime member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Always eager to serve, Augusta volunteered for the community as art chairperson for the Women's Club and the local schools, she was a Girl Scout leader, a lifelong contributor at St. Jude Parish Church, and raised funds for the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in Newton, NJ. Augusta traveled with her husband, a prominent geologist, and they enjoyed geology tours of countries around the world. Her many interests included bridge, mahjong, golfing, bowling, knitting, crocheting, but most of all painting the beautiful landscape of the New Jersey countryside.

Augusta is predeceased by her loving husband, John L. Baum, her sister Francesca Gallagher and brothers Nathaniel A. Gallagher, Paul A. Gallagher and "Buddy" Gallagher. She is survived by her son Dwight G. Baum and his spouse Suzanne Baum; and son Peter N. Baum and spouse Cynthia Baum. She is survived by granddaughter Andrea Baum, grandson John N. Baum, his wife Lindsey, and great granddaughter Sophia; and grandsons Stephen Tassi and his wife Brianna, and Kenneth Tassi.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be given in Augusta's memory to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860.

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Services will be held in New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860

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