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Rudi Schmid schmid at SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Jul 12 00:40:37 CDT 2001


By Guy Poole
Daily Planet Staff  [Berkeley, California] (07-11-01)

    Herbert George Baker, a professor of Botany and Integrative Biology
at UC Berkeley for 33 years, died July 2, at Piedmont Gardens in
Oakland after a long illness. He was 81.
    A pioneer in the field of ecology, he authored numerous articles and
books, including four editions of "Plants and Civilization," which
was translated into at least five languages.
    Those who knew him will remember the Sunday salons, during which, for
at least two decades on the last Sunday of every month, he and his
wife opened their home to students, faculty and friends for informal
discussions. He was a friend to several generations of students.
     From 1957 to 1969 he was director of UC Berkeley's Botanical Gardens.
He was a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and when he
retired in 1990 he received the University Citation.
    He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, a member of the Association for Tropical Biology, the
American Institute for Biological Science, the International
Association of Botanic Gardens, the Society for the Study of
Evolution (former President), and the Botanical Society of America
(former president).
    Born in Brighton, England in 1920, Baker received a bachelor's degree
from the University of London in 1941 and his doctorate in 1945. He
came to the United States in 1957.
    He was preceded in death by Irene, his wife of 44 years, in 1989. He
is survived by his daughter Ruth Grimes of Berkeley; his grandson
Michael Grimes of Houston, Texas; and his sister Evelyn Baker of
Brighton, England.
    At his request no funeral services will be held.

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