Dr. Lesley Ann Thornborrow Baker, 69, passed away unexpectedly in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was born on January 12, 1945 in Oadby Leicestershire, England. She spent her childhood years in Brainerd, Minnesota and has been a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana since 1973. She was a beloved professor at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business for over 20 years. She earned her PhD in 18th Century Literature at Tulane University. Lesley was a true example of love and acceptance towards all; she will be deeply missed. Lesley is survived by her mother Lillian Merle Munson; bothers Daniel Thornborrow and Thomas Thornborrow (Gloria); sister Kerry Sue Larson (Wayne); partner of 38 years Kathy O'Saughnessy; her immediate family Gerry Baker and Roy Geautreax; daughter Laney Armstrong (Erik); son Jaime Baker(Etsuko and Natalie); grandsons Anthony Armstrong, Justin Baker, Julian Baker, Ethan Armstrong, Sebastian Baker; nieces and nephews, Dylan Thornborrow (Christine), Mark Thornborrow (Maureen), Tyler Thornborrow (Misty), Dustin Thornborrow (Audrey), Nathan Thornborrow, Angela Vreeke (Mike); her loving Auntie Joan and Uncle Den; her loving rescue Jockamo; and numerous relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by father Leslie Thornborrow and grandson Jeremy Armstrong. Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation on Saturday, February 8th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Jacob Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will be immediately followed by a short memorial service in the parlor. To support Lesley's passion for childhood literacy, donations may be made in her memory to "Reach Out and Read," in care of Stacey Marvin at 2021 Perdido Street, Butterworth Bldg., Room 404, New Orleans, LA 70112. Make checks payable to MCL Foundation (ROR in memo line). Please sign the guestbook at www.schoencanalstreet.com.
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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014