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Obituary: William “Bill” E. Baker – Men’s Basketball & Track/Field 1956 – Faculty – 3/11/2016

William Baker Obituary

January 2, 1934 – March 11, 2016
William (Bill) E. Baker, 82, of Houston, Texas, passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family March 11, 2016.

Born in Pineville, Louisiana to Marjorie (Pickett) and Roy Baker, Bill was most proud of his unique birthday 1-2-34. Bill was an honor graduate of SLI (’56), now known as University of Louisiana Lafayette, with a B.S. in M.E. Bill attended graduate classes at the University of Pittsburgh and Texas A&M. Bill’s experience while he taught at SLI gave him the computer knowledge that opened opportunities in Texas where he helped design solid rocket fuel. Bill is well known for his contribution to the construction of the Sears Tower, the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, and the Pennzoil Building in Houston. Before retiring, he was recognized for his contributions to Ansys. Bill’s community benefited from his coaching of youth baseball because of his devotion to children. He will be remembered for his love of gardening, especially his tomatoes and oranges. Bill’ s greatest passion was his grandchildren, and he never missed a family event to show his pride in their accomplishments.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 and a half years, Pat; his sons, William E. Baker, Jr. (Patty), Robert F. Baker (Trish); and Michael W. Baker (Anna); and a large, loving family including 9 grandchildren (Jennifer, Clint, Leeah, Kyle, Matt, Rachel, Cassidy, Cameron, & Morgan), and 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Roy Baker.

Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Waltrip Funeral Directors.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorial contributions to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.