Student, Valparaiso University, 1948. Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1949. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1950.
PhDCE, Purdue University, 1956.
Research assistant, Purdue University, 1949-1950;
research associate, instructor highway engineering, Purdue University, 1950-1952;
research engineer, instructor highway engineering, Purdue University, 1952-1955;
assistant professor traffic engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1955-1957;
associate professor traffic engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1957-1960;
professor traffic engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1960-1969;
professor transportation and traffic engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1969-1983;
university traffic engineer, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1957-1963;
director Highway Traffic Safety Center, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1961-1983;
professor emeritus, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, since 1983;
staff associate, Police Training Institute, 1969-1991. Consultant traffic engineer, since 1952. President John E. Baerwald Professional Corporation, Santa Fe, since 1982.
Chairman Champaign Parking and Traffic Commission, Illinois, 1960-1969. Liaison member of staff subcommittee Illinois Governor's Official Traffic Safety Coordination Committee, 1962-1969, member subcommittee highway safety program deficiencies, 1970-1972;member Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study, 1963-1983, technical adviser to policy committee, 1963-1975, chairman policy committee, 1977-1983. Member Ill.Sec. State Advisory Committee Vehicle Registration and Titling Matters, 1973-1974.
Trustee Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, 1973-1983, chairman, 1975-1983. Member technical advising committee Illinois Transportation Study Commission, 1977-1981.
Enlisted and commissioned Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow Institute Transportation Engineers (international president 1970, director 1964-1965, 67-71, international council 1977-1983, director Illinois section 1963-1964, executive committee expert witness council 1986-1990, vice-chairman 1988, chairman 1989, executive committee transportation safety council 1992-1995, vice chairman 1993, chairman 1994, other offices and committees, Past President' award 1953, Theodore M. Matson Memorial award for outstanding contributions to the traffic engineering profession 1988, Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service award 1996). Member Transportation Research Board (division B council 1974-1983, other offices and committees), Pan American Highway Congress (best technical paper award 1963, 67), Santa Fe Host Lions Club (president 1994-1995, Melvin Jones International fellow 1997), American Legion, Masons, Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon.
Married Elaine S. Eichstaedt, April 3, 1948 (deceased). Children: Thomas J., James K., Barbara L. Baerwald Bowman. Married Donna L. Granger, May 24, 1975.