Whether it’s hiking in the Himalayan Mountains, volunteering on a coffee plantation in Costa Rica, attending a Case Western Reserve University lecture, or visiting with family and friends both locally and around the country–living at South Franklin Circle has only enhanced their active lifestyle.
“We want to be where the action is!” smiles Bill.
And they are, literally. Their apartment in the community center is right above Radius Restaurant, Where they enjoy Chef Ian H. Thompson’s dynamic, ever-changing menu, and the Chautauqua Room with its stimulating lectures and performances. “We’re blown away by Radius-the food and service are excellent,” says Gayle. Where else could l live where I can go downstairs and hear lectures by people like Arun Ghandi? Or utilize the art room at any time? There is so much to do. We like that! But it never gets noisy or disruptive. We have privacy when we want it.”
The Bauers also frequent the state-of-art fitness center and in-door heated pool, also located a floor down from their apartment. “The equipment is amazing,” says Biii. “They didn’t cut corners on quality, and we appreciate that all of the major amenities were in place when we moved in.”
South Franklin Circle serves as a convenient home base for the couple. Avid world travelers, Bill and Gayle have visited over 80 countries, some multiple times. They ski regularly in Colorado and spent last New Year’s Eve in Iceland. “It’s great to have the flexibility to leave our apartment and have peace of mind that everything–the mail, the yard–will be taken care of,” says Gayle. “There are no worries.”
The Bauers also put their love of travel to good use for the planet, volunteering for Earthwatch Institute projects around the world, where they perform research for scientists solving environmental issues and preserving historical materials. As Gayle points out, these trips are not for the faint of heart.
“These are not sightseeing trips,” Gayle explains. “We work a full eight-hour day, and the accommodations are pretty rustic. We typically help the lead investigators document their research. They teach you everything you need to know to do the job. We want to give back–to make a contribution to society. We always learn something new.”
Michigan natives, Bill and Gayle lived in the Washington, DC. area for 40 years.
With a background in internal medicine, Bill, a World War ll veteran, served as the first National Director of the Professional Standards Review Organization of HEW, and subsequently became the medical director for Potomac Electric Power Company.
Gayle was a docent at the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Later she used her creative skills working as a caligrapher in the White House, in the offices of Joan Mondale, wife of Vice President Walter Mondale, and Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore.
Why a move to Northeast Ohio? They wanted to live closer to family. A son and his wife live nearby in Moreland Hills, a grandson and his family, in Shaker Heights.
“We do miss DC. and our friends there,” admits Gayle. “But we’ve fallen in love with Chagrin Falls–the Village is charming and the whole Chagrin Valley area is great for walking and biking. And you can’t beat the cultural opportunities available in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood.”
“Plus we’ve formed strong bonds with new friends right here,” notes Bill.
“Overall the decision to move to South Franklin Circle was a no-brainer for us. We’re glad we made the declslon while it was still ours,” admits Gayle. “It’s the next chapter in our lives.”