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Dr DeWitt Theodore “Doc, Dutch” Baker, Sr

Dr DeWitt Theodore “Doc, Dutch” Baker, Sr

Tompkins County, New York, USA
Death 3 Sep 2010 (aged 89)
Corning, Steuben County, New York, USA
Burial Wayne, Steuben County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 71480902 · View Source
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Lieutenant U.S. Army

Dr. DeWitt T. Baker

Dr. DeWitt T. Baker (Doc), 89, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Doc, the son of Ina Marion Baker and Harry U. Baker, was born in Ithaca, NY on March 1, 1921. He married the love of his life, Yvonne Furey, also of Ithaca, NY, on February 22, 1946.

Doc graduated from Ithaca High School in 1939 and Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1944.

While at Cornell he was a member of Omega Tau Sigma Fraternity, manager of the Fife & Drum Team, and a member of the Golden Shoe Club. From 1944 until 1955, he was a member of the staff of the NY State Veterinary College of Cornell University. During WW II, while attending college, he earned the rank of Lieutenant in the US Army.

In 1955 he moved his family to Corning, NY to join Dr. John D. Murray’s veterinary practice. Together they built the Corning Animal Hospital, where he practiced until his retirement in 1986.

Education was a priority in Doc’s life and he proudly served as a Trustee of CCC and a member of the C-PP school board.

After retirement, Doc was elected Supervisor of the Town of Corning, a position he held until 1993. He was also elected Steuben County Legislator where he served for 20 years. He was Chairman of the Legislature 2002-2003 and retired in 2007. During his tenure he was involved in construction of the Steuben County jail and implementation of the countywide 911 system. He was Steuben County representative to the Inter-County Association of Western NY and supporter of the Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District. In 2004, Doc was honored by being inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Doc was an expert marksman and won several skeet shooting championships. He was a member of Corning Fish and Game Club and a life member of Addison Fish and Game Club. Many of his fondest memories were times spent at his Keuka Lake cottage with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Yvonne Baker; his children Margot (Ronald) Doucette of Purcellville, VA; Kathleen (Michael) Bliss of Addison, NY; daughter-in-law Sheri Baker of Sterling, VA; grandchildren Christopher (Sanna) Doucette of Anchorage, AK; Heather (Michael) Overton of Elmira, NY; Michelle (Cory) Terwilliger of Addison, NY; Kaitlin (Taylor) Baker-Grey, Allison Baker, Kiristin Baker, all of Sterling, VA, Scott (Mary Elizabeth) Hagen of Richmond, VA; great-grandchildren Ian and Soren Doucette; Calli and John Overton; Taylor and Erin Terwilliger; Makaila, Holden and Harper Baker-Grey, who all loved their “Papa”; sister-in-law Peg Baker of West Grove, PA; also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. He is predeceased by his parents, son Dewitt T. (“Ted”) Baker, Jr., and brother Carlton Baker.

Calling hours are scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 1:00-3:00 and 6:00-8:00 at Phillips Funeral Home, 17 W. Pulteney Street, Corning. The funeral will be held Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service. A private burial will be held at the McDowell Cemetery in Wayne, NY, overlooking Keuka Lake.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Doc’s name may be made to the SPCA of one’s choice.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 71480902
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr DeWitt Theodore “Doc, Dutch” Baker, Sr (1 Mar 1921–3 Sep 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71480902, citing McDowell Cemetery, Wayne, Steuben County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Stuart Strout Woodside Skolfield (contributor 46954007) .