BAKER, Louise Fontaine, of Richmond, Virginia, died March 28, 2011 at Westminster Canterbury, Richmond. She was born in Washington, D.C., April 13, 1907. She was predeceased by her parents, Irene Dunn Baker, Dr. Maury Davidson Baker; a brother, Dr. Maury D. Baker Jr.; and her sister, Carol Maury Hough Rowe. She is survived by her nephew, Chris Baker of Kent, Ohio; and many lifelong friends. Miss Baker was a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and received her M.A. degree from Columbia University, and obtained graduate credits from the University of Chicago. She retired from her teaching career at the nationally known Maury Elementary School of Richmond, and from summer teaching programs at the College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Penn State, and the summer Mexico program at Kent State University. She organized the first Head Start Program in Richmond. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta, the Woman's Club of Richmond, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church where she taught many years in the church school. Miss Baker traveled the world extensively and was one from 1000 applicants to visit China, before normalization when China was a closed society. Her travels brought much interest and information to the classroom. A memorial service will be held on May 5, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Westminster Canterbury, Richmond, Virginia, with a reception immediately following at Westminster Canterbury.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.