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Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”

September 7, 2014 National, Obituaries Comments
Dorothy Doan Baker

Dorothy Doan Baker was born September 1, 1912, in Jersey City, NJ and died May 25, 2014 in New York at age 101.

Baker graduated in 1934 from Barnard College with a B.A. She completed her M.S degree from the University of Rochester where she met her husband John H. Baker, Sr. As a science teacher at West Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY she developed the state’s first environmental science curriculum.

Dorothy had other firsts.

She was the first female president and first President Emerita of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc. She was one of the first volunteers at the Strong National Museum of Play. She was an adopter of technology and was the first Centenarian in her neighborhood to be an avid iPad user which showcased her continuing mental acuity.  She was also a 30-year veteran with the New York State VITA tax program for seniors.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John H. Baker, Sr., and survived by three sons: John H. Jr. (JoAnn), Donald D., and Robert K. (Vincent Yacobellis), grandchildren: Jennifer Stahmer (Richard), Todd (Erin), and Allison Kozoll (Rory), and great grandchildren: Abigale, Matthew, Emerson, Andrew, and Jack. She is also survived by “special son” Sven Wennhall and his family in Sweden.

Besides traveling to many Doane family biennial reunions, Dorothy Baker was an extensive world traveler.

A Memorial Service celebrating her life was held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene, 17 S. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614.

She served as a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. Donations in Dorothy Doan Baker’s honor can be made to the Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene – Baker Altar Fund, 17 S. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, NY 14614.

Legacy.com: www.legacy.com/DorothyDoanBaker

University of Rochester: In Memoriam

Episcopal Archives: Dorothy says, kids need fun


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