Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Bruce in 1983 in the very early days of minspeak and semantic compaction.
One time when I called him to introduce a v r client to him he rephrased what I was trying to say. Oh youre looking for a way to extend his ability to communicate
I never forgot that.
He instantly changed my entire approach to how I worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. A brilliant mind.

Posted by Tom McCarthy - Cranberry Twp, PA - friend   June 01, 2020

Bruce was an excellent and serious student. We were in Lois Elderage's U.S. History class together in the 11th grade. I liked him a lot and respected him greatly. Bruce was very intelligent; yet, he was cordial and patient with others. I shall miss him. I'm not at all surprised by his terrific achievements.

Posted by Ray Maudlin - JACKSONVILLE, FL - classmate   May 14, 2020

My condolences to his family and community. It is always a great loss to lose such a brilliant mind! We went to High School together and everyone knew he was the smartest person in our graduating class. He truly filled his life's mission. Vicktoria Hizer-Rizvi

Posted by Vicktoria Hizer-Rizvi - Jonesborough, TN - classmate   May 13, 2020


Posted by Alishia - SC   May 13, 2020

What a wonderful gift Bruce has given with all of his talent. He was a wonderful classmate and person.
He will be sadly missed.
My condolences to his his family.
Suzy Scagnoli Naumcheff

Posted by A friend   May 13, 2020

Bruce Baker was a generous, intelligent, compassionate human being. I was blessed to have the opportunity to associate with Bruce at various conferences, schools, workshops, and trainings. He was a truly unique individual. Our world lost a great humanitarian! His spirit will live on in the countess lives he touched!

Posted by A friend   May 11, 2020

Bruce was my Latin teacher in high school, well before Minspeak. He was an engaging teacher, dedicating to broadening his students worldview, a goal at which he was successful. Later on, when he needed some help with computers to make a prototype Minspeak, Kenneth and I were glad to help (Kenneth developed the Votrax interface while I wrote the software for the AIM-65 prototype). I have been glad to see the help that Bruces concept has given to the world. Being a friend of the family, Bruce also gave a nice oration at Kenneths funeral. Bruce will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Terry Smith - Cedar Rapids, IA - student   May 11, 2020

He was a great man. I wouldn't have had the opportunities in my life without Bruce and Unity software.

Posted by Scott Palm - Everett, WA - acquaintance   May 11, 2020

I never met Mr. Baker, but without him I would have never come into the role of Assisive Technology. He change the way I taught students. He made me a better therapist teaching language on PRC devices. The world is a better place because of his work. For his family, my prayers are with you.

Posted by M Zuniga - San Antonio, TX - acquaintance   May 11, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Baker family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by A friend   May 11, 2020

Thanks Bruce for helping the disabled population with your invention. May our Lord greet you at the gates of Heaven!

Posted by Eddie Smith Family - Norton, OH - acquaintance   May 09, 2020

Bruce's life and how he used this gift of life is one to celebrate. First met him in 1987 at a 4-day program at PRC where we learned Minspeak. I owe my 30+ year career in AAC to that program with Bruce. Thank you Dr. Baker. His enthusiasm produced not only Semantic Compaction and numberless speaking engagements, but the PEC - Pittsburgh Employment Conference. Not a time would pass when I'd see him at some national AAC event where he didn't approach me to ask how I was doing. Giving voice to the voiceless ... not a bad way to exert oneself in a life's work. Again Bruce, thank you.
David Goldberg, Princeton, NJ

Posted by David Goldberg - Princeton, NJ - friend   May 09, 2020

My deepest condolences to a great man. My students used this device that helped them communicate. His device had helped so many individuals to express themselves without frustration. You will be missed May the God of peace and comfort be with the family at this most difficult time.

Posted by A friend   May 09, 2020

A sad goodbye. Arvind and I remember Bruce as a brilliant and kind man who brought so much to the world.

Posted by Betsy Aiken - Murrysville, PA   May 09, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Baker Family, May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort and bind up your grieving heart with His loving kindness and tender care as you cope in His strength missing Bruce in your lives. Thank you for his contribution in helping the disabled to be able to speak.

Posted by BRY    May 09, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Baker family, so very sorry for your loss. Many thanks for all the hard work from Bruce, it will never be forgotten. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength in your time of great need.

Posted by A friend   May 08, 2020

I went through high school with Bruce in Logansport, Indiana, where he was president of our senior class in 1961. We shared a mutual interest in classical music, good books, and frozen custard. His career as founder and CEO of Minspeak was a source of pride for all of us who knew him, and he will be long remembered.

Posted by Anthony Boatman - Boise, ID - friend   May 08, 2020

Bruce Baker taught a class that was called Latin in my high school in Cumberland Maryland, many years ago. What I really learned in Bruce Bakers class was a whole lot of European cultural history I would otherwise not have known anything about. In later years I came to see that class as the most college prep class I ever had.

I remember Bruce Baker reading us stories from The Magic Christian by Terry Southern or teaching us about the structure of European society in the Middle Ages and the beauty and sublime engineering of the cathedrals built by that society. He read us passages from The Intern, and he took huge delight in esoteric nonsense or play on words. It is fair to say that language was his life.

I will never forget the intensity with which he explained why the creation of Minspeak was so important to him. He simply could not imagine a more exquisite torture than to be a sentient being cut off from communication with others.

What Bruce Baker really taught was compassion for anyone who felt themselves to be other and a belief in the power of the life of the mind to set people free.

We were lucky to have known him.

Posted by Karen Smith - Kensington, MD - student   May 08, 2020

Went to high school with Bruce. He was president of our class. Smartest guy I ever knew with a great sense of humor. Was looking forward to seeing him at our 1961 class reunion next year in Logansport.

Posted by Carol Pasquale - Logansport, IN - classmate   May 08, 2020

I had Bruce Baker for a high school Latin class in Cumberland, Md. I didn't learn any Latin, but he helped me discover a lot about myself -- especially how to nurture and follow my own curiosities, and that it can be cool to be "intellectual." Many of us are lucky enough to cross paths with that one teacher who could connect with us at just the right time. Bruce Baker was that person for me, and he inspires me to this day.

Posted by A friend   May 08, 2020

One of the highlights of my life was meeting and interacting with Bruce Baker and all of the people who work with him. Thank you for the selfless sharing and genuine concern shown for those of us working with people who use AAC and, particularly, for people using AAC. You have changed lives for the better and built a world of supports to ensure we hear every voice, every thought, every idea. I will miss you. I wish for peace and wonderful memories to all who were so close to you. I know they will keep up the legacy you began and make you proud!

Posted by Tina McAlpin - Miami, FL - friend   May 08, 2020

A great man, a good friend and inspiring colleague. His renaissance outlook indelibly shaped AAC and my own outlook on language and life. May his memory be a blessing to us all.

Posted by Bill Weinberg - Orlando, FL - friend   May 08, 2020

Bruce and I shared fond memories of Warren A. Roberts, Professor of Political Science at Wabash. I will miss him at functions of the Western PA. Assoc. of Wabash Men.

Posted by Dick Cherry - Gibsonia, PA   May 08, 2020

So many memories...meeting Bruce while I was a student at Temple, 9 ACES seminars where Bruce was brillant and so engaged with every participant..conferences galore, trips to MacDougall ranch, road trips through Georgia and the Carolinas and all over Arizona. Bruce's generosity, wisdom and wit will forever be in my heart. Jane Odom

Posted by Jane Odom - Prescott, AZ   May 08, 2020

We all truly appreciate Bruce invention. Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.

Posted by A friend   May 08, 2020

A sad Good- bye to not only a brilliant man but such a generous one too. I never would have learned about the magic behind Bruces creation had he not invited us to attend a seminar in Pennsylvania. I have such fond memories of that special weekend and the close knit group that supported you. Sincerely, Megan K., SLP in Vancouver, BC.

Posted by A friend   May 08, 2020

I will never forget zipping around Los Angeles, in my sister-in-laws SUV, with Bruce Baker and a carload full of minspeakers. I was so nervous driving the famous creator of semantic compaction around trying to find a vegetarian, Indian food restaurant for him. I was a speaker at that years Minspeak conference, being hosted at Disneyland. He was a brilliant fellow, I loved picking his brain, all the while totally in awe. He will be missed, but gosh he changed some lives...Im sure he actually saved lives. Imagine people completely isolated by a physically challenged body...but still so much to say! He gave people a way to break through and be heard.

Posted by McKissack-Holland Marilyn - Houston, TX - acquaintance   May 07, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's.

Posted by A friend   May 07, 2020

Goodbye, Bruce. I shall always remember our conversations, the support that you gave me in the early days of my career. You changed so many lives for the better, you legacy lives on through the many who now communicate, because of you!

Posted by paula herrington - Tacoma, WA - Coworker   May 07, 2020

Goodbye, Bruce. I shall always remember our conversations, the support that you gave me in the early days of my career. You changed so many lives for the better, you legacy lives on through the many who now communicate, because of you!

Posted by paula herrington - Coworker   May 07, 2020

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Resquiescat in pace. Amen.

Posted by Mike Erhard - Santa Ana, CA   May 07, 2020