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Abner S. Baker III ’58, MA ’62

Abner S. Baker III ’58, MA ’62, December 30, 2008, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Abner was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado, a town founded by his grandfather. He received a BA and an MA from Reed in history, and later earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon. He taught at Michigan State University before joining the faculty at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, Connecticut, where he taught American history, specializing in the history of the Civil War. Following retirement, he earned an MS in marriage and family therapy from CCSU, and was developing a private practice at the Hartford Family Institute when he became ill. Abner loved music and sang leading roles with the Simsbury Light Opera Company for several years, and also acted with the Repertory Theatre of New Britain. Family members and friends relied on his expertise on a broad range of subjects and were uplifted by his fair and dignified treatment of others. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; his daughter and two sons; two grandchildren; and also two stepdaughters, one stepson, and five step-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2009

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