John L. Baer, a Holocaust survivor and dedicated community volunteer, died Dec. 27 at his home from cancer. He was 86. Baer was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1928. After his father was released from Buchenwald due to his military heroism in World War I, he escaped with his father and mother in 1939 to America via England. He earned engineering degrees from Brooklyn City College and Iowa State, an MBA from Temple University, and was a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. Baer served as an engineer with the U.S. Army for 30 years, was president of the International Management and Engineering Consultant Group for another 20 years, and spent the last 10 years of his life volunteering for a variety of community organizations. He is survived by his wife, three children and five grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Olam Tikvah or the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.