Chapel Hill lost a consistent supporter and active participant in improving its appearance and design when Dianne Lynn Bachman died unexpectedly May 6. She is survived by her husband, Jim Baumhover, daughter, Brette Adrienne Bachman Baumhover, of Hillsborough and son, Ryan James Bachman Baumhover, of Portland, Oregon. In addition, she leaves a sister, Rochelle Blake of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Carolyn and Russell Bachman of Tryon, NC.
A licensed architect, Dianne was Director of Construction Services for UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was first employed in 1997. Both enthusiastic and talented in her work, she held memberships in the American Institute of Architects, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. As a contributing resident of our community, she was an active member and former chair of Chapel Hill’s Appearance and Design Commission.
As impressive as her professional and community work have been, Dianne was most devoted to her family, fully supporting and caring for them as wife and mother. Possessed of seemingly tireless energy, she travelled often with them, including annual vacations to the coast with her daughter. Together with Jim, she thoroughly renovated and re-designed her parents’ 1921 Arts and Crafts home in Tryon.
Born in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Dianne spent several years in the western United States, living in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, California, Hawaii, and then Florida before settling in North Carolina in 1989. During her young adult life, she worked in management in historical resorts in Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks.
A lover of history and stories by local authors, she was an avid reader and strongly believed in supporting local merchants as well as writers.
Funeral services will be private, and a memorial service will be scheduled in the future. Those who wish to receive information about that service can contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, the family feels that because of her strong interest in women’s issues, Dianne would prefer donations to Planned Parenthood.