Justus Nathan Baird III died Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Arlington, Va., from prostate cancer.
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He was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Tilson Baird.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara Baird, Harriman.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1943, to Dr. Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Tilson Baird Brown and Justus Nathan Baird Jr. in St. Louis. After graduating from Castle Heights Military Academy High School, Lebanon, in 1960, he went on to earn four degrees: bachelor's in forestry with a swimming scholarship (University of Georgia at Athens, 1964); master's in entomology, including extensive work in Central America (University of Kansas, 1968); master's in public health (University of Texas, 1973), and Ph.D. in environmental health (University of Texas, 1989). From 1968-71, he was a captain in the U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps, and served in Vietnam, protecting troops from infectious diseases. In his first career, he directed public health departments in Houston, San Antonio and Milwaukee. In his second career, he worked as a board-certified financial planner and ski patrol director. Throughout his life he pursued a number of passions: tracing his Scottish ancestry, barbershop singing, investing, sailboat racing, competitive masters swimming and messing around with computers. His community advocacy included fighting for visitation rights of divorced fathers and improving local environmental planning. A voracious reader, he was known for his breadth of knowledge in a wide variety of topics and would threaten anyone who tried to dispose of his copious amounts of reading material. He shared his love of nature through his bountiful gardening, family camping trips and timeless photography.
He is survived by two ex-wives, Linda Elaine Norling Janson, Houston, married from 1970-80, and Dr. Salpi Adrouny, Atlanta, married from 1991-2012. He is also survived by two children from his first marriage: son, Rabbi Justus N. Baird IV, Princeton, N.J.; and daughter, Dr. Jennifer Baird Humberson, Richmond, Va. He cherished his five grandchildren and fostered in them a love for reading, sports, and the outdoors.
A graveside service was at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Roane Memorial Gardens at 1400 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. in Bethel Presbyterian Church at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.
Donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Published in Roane County News on Apr. 26, 2013