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Bartlett James Baker

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Baker, Bartlett James - Born March 13, 1926 Died peacefully In the presence of his children and former wife after 3 year battle with multiple myeloma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He graduated from Central High School, after an honorable discharge from the Army, attended the University of Minnesota receiving an M.A. in American History. Bart first joined Harcourt Brace selling textbooks and then joined M. J. O'Neil Properties in commercial real estate and property management, which later became Baker-Kaplan Realty. He remained active in the St. Paul commercial real estate market for 40 years. Bart was active in supporting early Open Occupancy legislation and other anti-discrimination initiatives in the Twin Cities; president of the St. Paul Building, Owners and Managers Association; member of the Urban League; early advocate of St. Paul skyway system. He was a member of the building committee for Unity Church's reconstruction, the board of the Minnesota Humanities Commission, member of St. Paul Rotary, the Informal Club and Minnesota Interprofessional Association. Bart helped found the St. Paul Tennis Club and was active in the Loft and Split Rock Writer's Group. Bart had a passionate interest in the blues, American history and literature. He taught Hemingway seminars at Metro State University and was active in the International Hemingway Society. Bart loved the beauty and quiet of Madeline Island where he found much joy and friendship. He built his first cabin there in 1946. An avid sailor on the St. Croix River, Lake Minnetonka and Lake Superior, and early member of the Madeline Island Yacht Club, Bart sailed 3 Trans Superior races and sailed across the Atlantic in a 40' sailboat. Bart also enjoyed hockey, tennis and skiing. Bart's family extends a sincere thanks to all the invaluable hospice care givers. Preceded in death by his parents, James H. and Ada O'Neil Baker, and survived by his sister Sarah Baker Ross (Hamilton); his children Bartlett ('Bake') Baker Jr. (Lee), Anne Baker Parker (Bill), Sally Baker Hussian (Tom); his former wife of over 50 years, Jean Phillips Baker; grandchildren Ross and Peter Baker, Henry, Louise and Amelia Parker, Emma and Mark Hussian, in addition to many loving nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Memorial service on Tuesday, March 15 at 3PM at UNITY CHURCH UNITARIAN, 732 Holly Avenue, St. Paul. Memorials to The Family Place, a day center for homeless families, 244 E. 10th St., St. Paul, MN 55101; Unity Church Unitarian, St. Paul, or St. John's United Church of Christ, La Pointe, WI. A memorial service is also planned for July at St. John's Church, La Pointe, WI.
Published in Pioneer Press on Mar. 13, 2005
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