Dexter F. Baker
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Dexter F. Baker, 85, former Chairman and CEO of Air Products and Chemicals departed to the Lord on November 1, 2012. Dexter earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA and an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from Lehigh University. In 1952 he joined Air Products and Chemicals in its formative years. He moved to London with his young family and built their International Division. He was a distinguished and active leader in the community. He passionately believed in giving back to the communities where he resided. The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation supports numerous Lehigh Valley and national nonprofits in the arts, youth, social service initiatives and entrepreneurship. His fundamental belief that the only future we have is the one we create for ourselves, was the founding idea for Lehigh Universitys Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation. His love for creativity and value of the arts spurred the Baker Hall at Lehigh University and the Dexter and Dorothy Baker Center for Performing Arts at Muhlenberg College. He was a long-time trustee with the Harry C. Trexler Trust. He received numerous national and local awards for achievements in business, community leadership, and philanthropic support. He will be missed. Survivors: He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Dorothy; four daughters; and six grandchildren. Services: A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, November 11, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Condolences to the family may be emailed to DexterBakerFamily@gmail.com or sent to Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 1629 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18102. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to Lehigh Valley youth and arts organizations or the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at Lehigh University.
Published in Morning Call on Nov. 6, 2012