In Memoriam: Ronald D. Bachman, PhD
Dr. Ronald D. Bachman, PhD, died 10 February, 2012 as the result injuries suffered in an automobile accident that occurred while he was traveling to his mountain retreat in Canaan Valley, WV. He was born 4 November, 1947 at Rulo, Richardson Co., NE to the late Elias M. and Margaret F. (HOMEWOOD) Bachman. Ron traced his Vandercook family roots through his maternal side; his great grandmother was Katherine "Kate" Vandercook HOMEWOOD.
A true scholar from the very beginning, Ron graduated as Valdictorian of the Class of 1966, Falls City (NE) High School. He went on to earn his BA in Russian at the University of Nebraska in 1970, then his PhD in Slavic Studies at Ohio State University in 1980. He began his career with the Library of Congress in 1975. For 14 years, he served as a translator, research analyst and editor of Slavic materials in the Federal Research Division. The FDR generated reports on economic and military topics of interest to Executive Branch agencies. During the years 1990 and 1991, he worked at the Pentagon as an East European Analyst for the Air Force Intelligence Agency. He regularly briefed the Air Force senior leadership, including the Secretary and the Chief of Staff, on current economic, political and military events within that region. He was selected to work in the European Division of the Library of Congress as the Area Specialist for Poland and Eastern Europe in late 1991.
As many of you know, Ron was a willing and knowledgeable resource person for anyone researching the VanDerKoek-VanDerCook-Vandercook family. After retiring from the Library of Congress in 2007, he focused on completing the biography of his third great grandfather, Major Michael S. VanDerCook. The book, A FINE COMMANDING PRESENCE, was published in 2010.
Ron is survived by his lifelong friend, David Osborne, by eight sisters and three brothers and by innumerable nieces and nephews. He will be missed!