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William (Bill) L. Baker

William (Bill) L. Baker, age 79 of Seattle, Washington died September 28, 2013.

Born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, his family came north during the depression and eventually settled in Renton. Bill attended the U of W, where he completed a Masters degree in US History. Afterward, he spent his professional life at the U of W, most of that time at the Office of Minority Affairs, where he served as assistant vice president, associate vice president, and interim vice president. Bill championed diversity by serving economically disadvantaged and underrepresented minority and low-income students. His gentle, unassuming way helped to create an environment at the Office of Minority Affairs that was always welcoming. On September 28, Bill died quietly with his sons and and his dog Oscar by his side. He is survived by his sons Jerry and David Baker; grandchildren Clara and Jack; and nephew John Baker.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 17, from 3-6 PM at the UW's Alder Commons Auditorium, located at 1310 NE 40th St. Seattle, WA 98105.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2013
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