Albert Sherwood Baker ’39

obit-BakerFormer alumni board member Albert Sherwood Baker ’39 died May 8, 2009, in Columbia, Mo. He was 92.

Baker was a lifelong physician and medical educator. He served in World War II, then returned to Illinois where he practiced medicine until 1963 when he joined the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While there he served as the first family medicine residency director and as chair of the Department of Community Health and Medical Practice. He is considered by many to be the “father of family medicine” at the university.

He is survived by daughters Edith Baker Lauerman ’66 (Bruce Lauerman ’66), Martha Baker Thomas, and Nancy Baker; brother Harlan; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.