|Birth: ||Mar. 30, 1931|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 2008|
Justice Baker served on the Texas Supreme Court
Former Texas Supreme Court Justice James A. Baker, known as a devoted scholar of appellate law, has died. He was 77, colleagues said.
Justice Baker was diagnosed last year with cancer, which spread through his lungs, legs and spine. Doctors determined experimental treatment was not working. He died in his sleep Sunday, the Texas Supreme Court said in a prepared statement.
"Justice Baker was one of a kind, a gentleman, a scholar, a man of deep faith. He was principled and compassionate in his work and was entirely devoted to his wife, Clauda. The State of Texas was fortunate to have such a loyal public servant. The entire Court family mourns his loss," Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson said.
Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Baker served from 1986 to 1995 on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. Then-Gov. George W. Bush appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court in 1995. He was elected to a six-year term the next year.
He retired in August 2002, partly because he would have reached mandatory retirement age midway through an additional term.
Justice Baker then became a partner at Hughes & Luce LLP, now called K&L Gates. He worked on appellate matters, arbitration and mediation at the Dallas law firm.
He continued to work despite his illness. His last day in the office was Friday, the high court said.
Justice Baker earned his bachelor's degree and his law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Besides his wife, he leaves behind two daughters, Carroll Baker of Dallas and Catherine Lassetter of Houston
Clauda Jo Carroll Baker (1934 - 2008)
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