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Lawrence Baum

Lawrence Baum, 89, of Franklin Township died Nov. 12, 2017. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he had been a Franklin resident since 1958. 

Mr. Baum’s first full-time job was with Radio Receptor Corp. in Brooklyn. He then worked for Gulton Industries in Metuchen, implementing a cost accounting system so that the company could meet Department of Defense requirements. After 15 years, he accepted a position as controller for a garment firm in New York City. In 1985 he went to work for the Department of Defense in their Defense Logistics Agency in New York and New Jersey. He retired in 1995 as chief of the Cost and Pricing section for New York City. After being retired for less than a year, he went to work for the State of Israel’s Ministry of Defense as a negotiator between major U.S. defense contractors and the Israeli government. He again retired in 2002. 

He was a graduate of Brooklyn College and also attended graduate school at New York University, studying cost accounting. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany. 

His hobbies included photography, collecting mugs, and travelling around the world. He chronicled his travels with over 700 photo albums, holding over 10,000 photographs, 24 400-foot reels of movies he shot, and more than 100 souvenir mugs. He was active in the Franklin Township Little League, serving two terms as president. 

Predeceased by his wife, Harriet (Males), he is survived by two sons, Jerrold Edward (Ellen) of Burlington, Mass., and David Robert of Raritan; two brothers, Ronald and Rueban Baum of Fair Lawn; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 15 with arrangements by Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel, New Brunswick.

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