Baldwin Bridger Jr.

Baldwin (Baldy) Bridger, Jr., 90, died August 11, 2019. He was born in Savannah, Georgia on September 18, 1928 to Baldwin Bridger, Sr. and Helen Stubbs Bridger.

Baldy identified two moments that most positively impacted his life. One was relocating to Houston in 1973 to become the Chief Engineer of Powell Electric. This position allowed him to make the most of his talents and education. During his time at Powell, he became heavily involved with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He served on several committees of the international organization and held all the offices, including president, of the IEEE technical society, Industry Applications Society. He received several technical and service awards, including the prestigious award of Fellow.

The other, and more significant, moment was marrying his “sassy girlfriend”, Wilma Grace Martz, on March 21, 1953. They met in Sunday School, while Baldy was serving in the Navy and Wilma was a nurse. They lived a comfortable, happy, faithful life, and he has missed her every day for the last three years.

While he will be reunited with the love of his life, he will be missed dearly by those left behind, including his daughter (and devoted caregiver) Ruth, her husband Richard Dinhobl, and their sons Andrew and Mark; son John and his wife Donna, their children Katie (and Erich), Zach (and Alyssa, with baby Lyndon), and Austin; and daughter Mary Gere, husband Gregg Wamsley, and sons Seamus and Simon.

A viewing will be held Thursday, August 15 from 6-8pm at Crowder Funeral Home Clear Lake followed by a memorial service at Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Friday, August 16 at 10a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to UMCOR, through your local Methodist Church or at


  1. Just learned of Mr. Bridger’s death today Oct 15. Did not know him personally but am grateful to him for the tremendous amount of technical information he imparted to myself and many others through his extensive published works. He was prolific in sharing information on electrical power equipment and systems in a manner that was technically sound, highly readable, and which contained considerable practical application. He will be missed.

    Tim Cotter
  2. While visiting my parents at the Houston National Cemetery recently, I noticed while checking on Mrs. Bridger’s grave that Mr. Bridger had passed. He and Mrs. Bridger were very close friends of my parents. Both families attended Swarthmore Methodist Church in Pennsylvania, and my parents were thrilled when they found out that the Bridgers were moving to Houston. They would get together on a monthly basis until my mother passed, and my father struggled driving to Clear Lake to see them. However, after Mom passed, Mrs. Bridger would call and check up my father, which meant a lot to our family. They both were kind and wonderful Christian people. They will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    Linda Maple Ursprung
  3. I just learned online of my cousin Baldwin’s passing. He was a lovely person and often visited us when he was in MA many years ago. We kept in touch for years though those oft maligned Christmas letters. I enjoyed his and miss hearing about him and his dear family.
    My deepest sympathy to all his loved ones. I know memories of him will always bring you joy

    Betty (Perkins) Gilson

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