Richard A. Baker
Richard A. Baker
  • January 30, 1934 - November 18, 2016
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Richard Allyn Baker


Richard Allyn Baker, “Dick”, 82, a longtime resident of Annapolis, died peacefully on November 18, 2016 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The cause was pneumonia and complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Born on January 30, 1934 in Annapolis, Mr. Baker spent some of his childhood in Bloomsburg, PA. After graduating from Annapolis High School in 1952 as valedictorian, he enrolled in Princeton University. A proud member of the class of 1956, he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and was a member of the Terrace Club. After two years of service in the Army, he began his career at the newly formed National Security Agency. Before he married he took an extensive tour through Europe, which formed many cherished memories. Mr. Baker and his wife moved their growing family from Washington, D.C. to their newly built house in Winchester-on-the-Severn in 1968. Mr. Baker’s commute to Fort Meade ended in January 1994, capping just over 38 years of government service. The rear window of the car proudly displayed the stickers of his four children’s colleges.

During his retirement years, Mr. Baker continued his membership in the H.L. Mencken Society, trips to see the Orioles play, and collecting books, maps, and railroad literature. He spent an enjoyable 15 years as a volunteer at the Annapolis Visitors Center, sharing his knowledge of the city’s history and architecture. The staff at the West Street library branch knew him well; his children knew of his celebrity status and enjoyed bringing him in to use the computer to searches and to pick up books, videos, and audio material. Although many of his travels took place in his chair, he traveled to Germany in 2006 to visit his newly wed son and daughter-in-law. Mr. Baker served as a walking encyclopedia to his immediate family and beyond. He amassed a print collection estimated to exceed 20,000 pieces, rich in World War II literature, travel guides, atlases, maps, and periodicals. As his mobility decreased over the recent years, Dick’s precious cats Menckie and Mo Mo provided many hours of diversion and entertainment at home. He passed his love of cats onto his children and grandchildren.

Son of the late F. Ernest Baker, former City Treasurer of Annapolis, and Fay. I. Baker, Mr. Baker leaves behind his four children, their spouses, and his former wife Mary Lou Baker. Geoffrey Basil Baker of Annapolis, Jeremy Norton Baker and Annie of Winchester, MA, CAPT Anthony Power Baker, USN, and Stephanie Fallon, stationed in Stuttgart, GE, and Juliet Fay Baker and Colleen Johnston of Portland, OR. In addition, he is survived by five granddaughters, Lucy and Jane Baker, and Jamie, Ella, and Claire Baker.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. at Taylor’s Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis. The memorial service will be held in Taylor’s Chapel on Saturday on 10 a.m. A private burial will follow at St. Anne’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at (Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777).