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Obituary: Walter A. Baker, distinguished Adair Co., KY native


A Memorial Service will be at 11amCT, Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the First Christian Church, 1100 N. Race ST, Glasgow, KY. Inurnment will be in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 28, 2010, from 2pm-8pmCT at the A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home, 201 East Washington ST, Glasgow, KY. This obituary is a courtesy of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY

Walter A. Baker, 73, Glasgow, KY, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at his home in Glasgow, KY. He was born in Columbia, KY, the son of the late Hershel T. and Mattie Barger Baker.

Walter graduated from Adair County High School in 1954, Harvard College, AB, Magna Cum Laude, in 1958; Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard Law School in 1961, and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Pikeville College in 2006.


Was Lt. Col. in KY Air National Guard

He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Kentucky Air National Guard, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel and served as Judge Advocate for the KY Air National Guard from 1961 to 1981.In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Baker Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Defense, a position he held until 1983.

Distinguished career in public offices

He had a very distinguished career in public offices, where he had received many awards and honors for his service. Baker served as State Representative, 23rd House District, 1968-1971; State Senator, 9th Senatorial District, 1972-1981 and 1989-1996; and Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court in 1996. He also participated on numerous state and national legislative committees, including being selected by the U.S. Information Agency to advise Oblast Dumas in Nizhni Novgorod and Tomsk, Russia, on legislative process and constitution-making in 1995 and to address the economic conference in Poland in 1997.

He was also very active in many state and local organizations, including the Glasgow Rotary Club, Barren County bar Association, as a Board member of the Mary Weldon Memorial Library, and was a member and past president of the Kentucky Historical Society. Walter was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Glasgow and was Vice Chancellor, Protestant Episcopal Diocese of KY from 2005 until the present.

Survivors:

He is survived by his wife, Jane S. Helm Baker; son Thomas H. Baker and his wife Dawn Danielle, Austin, TX; daughter Ann Tate Baker Phillips and husband Rip, Louisville, KY; a granddaughter Baker Elizabeth Phillips; a brother, James T. Baker and wife Phyllis of Richmond, KY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tyler A. Baker.

A Memorial Service will be at 11amCT, Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the First Christian Church, 1100 N. Race ST, Glasgow, KY. Inurnment will be in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 28, 2010, from 2pm-8pmCT at the A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home, 201 East Washington ST, Glasgow, KY.

Alternate expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions to the Walter A. Baker Memorial Fund, c/o South Central Bank, 208. S. Broadway, Glasgow, KY.

This obituary is a courtesy of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY


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