Dr. Charles Richard "Dick" Furman Baker Jr., M.D.

  • Born: April 27, 1935
  • Died: January 25, 2021
  • Location: Edisto Island, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel

3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway
Charleston, SC 29414

Tel. (843) 763.7664

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Charles Richard Furman Baker, Jr., M.D., ("Dick") died peacefully at his home on Edisto on January 25, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born on April 27, 1935 in Sumter, South Carolina. He went to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and was a member of the wrestling team. Graduating in 1953, he received the award for the best all-around student, like his father had before him.

For his undergraduate work, he attended Princeton University, where he was a member of the Tiger Inn and the wrestling team. After graduating with high honors in 1957, he attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After medical school, he did his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and was the chief surgical resident in 1966. He spent one year of his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was a fourth-generation surgeon in South Carolina and a direct descendant of the Baptist leader Richard Furman for whom Furman University is named.

He served as an officer in the United States Air Force and spent almost two years at CCK Air Force Base in Taichung, Taiwan in 1967 and 68. He retired from active duty in the USAF as a captain and returned to the States. He then pursued fellowship trauma training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

He later worked at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and was a member of the faculty of the Emory School of Medicine in the 1970s. In 1977, he joined the medical faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Though a general surgeon, he specialized in treating trauma and burns. Among many accomplishments, he played an instrumental role in establishing the emergency medical service system at Texas Tech and the entire West Texas region. Over his 40-year career, he taught countless residents and medical students the art of surgery and professionalism. He retired in 2001 and returned to South Carolina.

In addition to his medical skills, he was an avid and accomplished hunter and fisherman. He honed those skills early with his father in the fields, lakes, rivers and swamps near Sumter and Pawleys' Island Creek and the reefs offshore. His favorite pastime remained fishing the offshores and coastal creeks of South Carolina with his children, grandchildren and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his father and mother and a son. His survivors include his wife, a son and daughter, four granddaughters and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family will have a private service.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston, SC 29414.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My heart is broken at hearing of Dr Baker's death. Worked with him for nine years and learned so much from him. Not just about medicine but how we should treat others and a lot of common sense added in with his wisdom. He was a teacher, coworker, and a friend to us all. He will be deeply missed by so many. My deepest condolences and prayers for his sweet wife and entire family.

Posted by Katheryn Lawrence (Lara) - Matador, TX - Coworker   February 04, 2021

Sending Ann my condolences. I liked working with Dr Baker I learned a lot.

Posted by Stacey May - Lubbock, TX - Coworker   January 31, 2021

I am alive today because of Dr. Baker. When other surgeons were pessimistic about my chances after a MVA in 1994, Dr. Baker sat a rocking chair beside my bed in ICU and watched over me thru the night.

RIP Dr. Baker

Posted by Tim Adams    January 30, 2021

Dick was a wonderful and loving husband to my cousin Ann. I am thankful to have known Dick.

Posted by Genevieve Clay - Richmond, KY - Family Friend   January 30, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I will be praying for Ann and the entire family. You all are in my thoughts. Please let me know if I can do anything to help.

Posted by David Botzis - Charleston, SC - Friend   January 28, 2021