|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2008|
Raymond F. Baker, a resident of Warminster from 2001 to 2008, formerly of Southampton from 1958 to 2001, died Friday, July 4, 2008.
He was the husband of the late Audrey Eleanor (Smith) Baker, formerly of Philadelphia. Together for 52 years, they were married the same week after college graduation in Lehigh University Chapel.
Born May 3, 1922, in Philadelphia and raised in the Frankford section, he was the youngest of two sons of Samuel and Katherine Baker.
He graduated from Frankford High School in 1940 and was the first Philadelphia high school graduate accepted directly in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. Up to that time Naval Aircorps candidates required a college education.
He was a lieutenant junior grade from 1942 to 1946; a pilot; his primary assignment, Dive Bomber (SBD Dauntless), secondary, Carrier Pilot, Test Pilot for various fighter planes; he served during the Pacific Theater, where he was stationed in Marshall Islands (Scouting Squadron 52); and was honorably discharged.
After World War II he attended Lehigh University on the VA program. He graduated with honors in 1949, with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He also was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.
He was an accomplished mechanical engineer and project engineering leader with Rohm & Haas Co. from 1954 to 1982, before retiring, where he led the design, development and construction of major chemical plant facilities around the world (United States, England, and Japan). Prior to that, he worked at United Engineers, Philadelphia from 1949 to 1954.
He was a former director of Upper Southampton Township Industrial Development Authority from the 1980s to 1990s (this township board has since been disbanded as others have been created). He was a former volunteer for the Warminster General Hospital Pharmacy in retirement from 2001 to 2006; and coached numerous youth sports teams, while his sons where playing (baseball, Southampton; and soccer, Bryn Gwelyd).
He was an avid piano player. When working, he would play every night after dinner. He inspired all of his children to take up music, which then became a prominent hobby in each of their lives. At one point, there were four piano players in the house, Raymond and his three children, where competition for a seat at the piano was constant.
He was the father of Raymond L. Baker, and his wife, Dianne, of Quakertown, the late Carol A. Booth, Gary F. Baker, and his wife, Kimberly, of Westfield, Mass.; father-in-law of Michael Booth of Charlotte, N.C.; the grandfather of Susan Ott of Bethlehem, Sarah Baker of Brooklyn, N.Y., Aaron and Rebecca Booth of Charlotte, Garrett, Devin, and Colin Baker of Westfield; and brother Harold Baker.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Southampton, where family will receive friends after 10 a.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.
James J. McGhee Funeral Home, Southampton
Our Lady Of Grace Cemetery
Created by: Rev. Dr. Mary
Record added: Jul 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28112633
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R M P
Added: Aug. 14, 2008
I know this is NOT the kind of plane you flew when you were a dive bomber, or when you were flying for other reasons, but it's the only plane I have in my collection.Thank you for your bravery during World War II.|
Added: Jul. 9, 2008
Here let him sleep in undisturbed dust Until the resurrection of the just. ~ from the tombstone of Henry Freeman|
Rev. Dr. Mary
Added: Jul. 8, 2008