Dr. Lawrence Charles Bausch

Dr. Lawrence Charles Bausch

March 26, 1941 –  August 10, 2023

Dr. Lawrence Charles Bausch, 82, of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2023. He was born in Omaha, NE on March 26, 1941, and was the son of Henrietta Jane Bausch and Norbert George Bausch.

Larry was a passionate entrepreneur of medicine and a champion for newborns, impacting the lives of countless Nebraska families. He graduated from Creighton Preparatory School in 1959. Larry’s interest in medicine began at Creighton University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1968, and completed his internship/residency at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

Larry’s 44-year distinguished medical career began in pediatrics at the Lincoln Pediatric Group with Dr. Dale Ebers, Dr. Tom Calvert, and Dr. Charles Erickson in 1971. In 1977, he was instrumental in establishing and advancing the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Lincoln at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, where he passionately led and inspired an extraordinary neonatal intensive care team until 2011. During this time, he saved the lives of thousands of premature and critically ill newborn babies, significantly impacting families across the entire state of Nebraska. He was frequently on-call at all hours of the night and traveled across the state with the help of the Nebraska National Guard.

In 2007, the Nebraska Medical Association awarded Larry the Distinguished Service to Medicine, recognizing him as a longstanding leader in the healthcare community and celebrating his outstanding contributions to the medical profession. Additionally, Larry was employed as a member of the Bryan Health medical staff since 1971. In 2011, he joined the Bryan NICU full-time until his retirement in 2015. Larry continued teaching his medical knowledge to faculty and medical students around the country until 2020.

Larry was a proud husband, father, and grandfather. In 1968, he married Maureen Muehlig and together they welcomed two sons, Christoph and Timothy. In 1988, he married Janet Taylor, who brought into the family three teenage children: Tracy, Krista, and Jay. Their combined family enjoyed many adventures and travels across the world, as only Larry would have it. Janet passed away in 2022 after thirty-four years of marriage.

Larry was passionate about traveling, flying, hunting pheasant and turkey in Nebraska, and fishing for salmon and halibut in Alaska. He also enjoyed investing in the stock market, like his father, Norb.

Larry’s passion for the outdoors, adventure, and sports began at an early age. He obtained his pilot’s license in 1969. He loved to take his friends and family on fishing and hunting adventures in his floatplane to remote locations in Ontario, Canada, and Hudson Bay. In Hudson Bay, Larry and a good friend once narrowly escaped a polar bear attack.

Larry also loved football, and he served as the team physician at Nebraska Wesleyan University while holding season tickets to Cornhusker football games for many years. He almost never missed a game-opener and spawned several Huskers fans–including some of his grandchildren.

Larry is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Bausch; parents, Norbert and Jane Bausch. He is survived by his sister, Janeen Ryan; children: Christoph Bausch (Kameron), Timothy Bausch (Jennifer), Tracy Herreros, Krista Maxson (Evan), Jay Taylor; eleven grandchildren; nieces, Lara Hannon and Erin Ryan; and his faithful dog and companion, Rudy.

VISITATION at the West Center Chapel,  Thursday, August 24, 2023, 5:00-7:00PM, followed by VIGIL: 7:00PM. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, August, 25, 2023, 10:30AM, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St, Omaha, NE. Memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth Foundation or Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Michelle Manning Posted August 16, 2023 6:09 am

    Dr, Bausch made a huge impact on family medicine residents with his vigorous NICU rotation. He was just a good man and will be fondly remembered! I did not get the steak dinner question correct….

  • Charlotte LIggett Posted August 16, 2023 9:26 am

    I fondly remember Dr. Bausch and his impact on moms and babies at St. Elizabeth. In all the years we worked together, I never doubted his commitment to infants and his tireless energy in giving them the best care possible. May God’s peace, solace, and comfort be with Dr. Bausch’s family now and in the days to come. He will be missed.

  • James Harper Posted August 16, 2023 11:35 am

    Dr Bausch and I worked on the state’s Newborn Screening Advisory Committee. He was an active member who effectively represented the Neonatal community. He will be missed.

  • Ed and Mary Kelleher Posted August 16, 2023 12:31 pm

    We met Dr. Bausch 39 years ago in the NICU of St. E’s hospital in Lincoln and he was such a kind and intelligent doctor that we laid all of our trust in as he cared for our son. We are forever grateful for his medical expertise.
    Thank you Dr. Bausch and Rest In Peace.

  • Shari Nygren Posted August 16, 2023 7:01 pm

    Dr Bausch was called to Lincoln General Hospital in 1993. when I had my twins prematurely. I praise him to this day for his knowledge and expertise. I remember the day when he told me that my babies didn’t need him anymore. That they were doing well. He was an amazing doctor. His children should be proud🙂. Prayers to the family!

  • Julie Vosd Posted August 20, 2023 7:34 am

    It’s remarkable to think of all of the lives Dr Bausch has impacted through his talents. Rest in peace Uncle. Thanks for the memories. I will forever remember the floating red airplane. Thinking of him as he is flying to his next destination. Love and comfort to the family.

  • Bridget Rolenc Posted August 20, 2023 7:56 am

    I worked with Dr. Bausch at the Lincoln Pediatric Group I the early 70s. He was so very kindhearted. He loved his patients and always had talked about his farm experiences. One I will always remember is the owl story! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Denise Steinbach Posted August 23, 2023 1:38 pm

    I was privileged to have worked for Dr. Bausch at Lincoln Pediatric Group as he was beginning his work with neonatal intensive care at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was an amazing doctor and a man who was so passionate about neonatology. So many babies survived because of him. Even more than that, he loved his boys so much and loved talking about them at work every day! He definitely did life well. May he rest in peace.

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