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R. Palmer Baker Jr., a longtime member of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees, passed away March 3. Baker was an active member of the board for 28 years, during which time he spent nine years as secretary and 17 years as vice chairman. In 1999, Mr. Baker was made an honorary member of the board. He also held the title of honorary secretary.

Additionally, Baker was a member of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board.

Baker was chairman of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, a Swiss not-for-profit corporation that conducts its research through branches located in 10 university medical centers in seven different countries with additional affiliations as well. Its scientific direction and central organization have been established in New York City.

He was formerly senior partner of the New York City law firm of Lord, Day and Lord, and principal of The Baker Company, an estate planning firm. Baker was also a board member of several social service and health care agencies in New York City.

A member of the Amos Eaton Society of Patrons and a longtime supporter of Rensselaer, Baker gave generously during his lifetime to the Rensselaer Annual Fund, the Walker Endowment Fund, the R. Palmer Baker Pooled Life Income Fund, and the Alma Baker Annuity Fund.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Baker Eaton, and his grandson, Harold L. Fickett IV. His family is planning a celebration of his life this spring, with details to be announced.

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