Baldwin Brian
1931 - 2020
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Baldwin, Brian
January 24, 1931 - May 25, 2020

Brian Eugene Baldwin, 89, of Centennial, CO passed away at Holly Creek Senior Living Community on May 25, 2020.

Brian was born on January 24, 1931 in Schuyler, NE. He grew up in Benedict, NE and then, Molline, IL. Brian attended Northwestern University where he earned a BS ('54) and MS ('55) in mechanical engineering, and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and Sigma Xi Honor Society. He spent his career as an entrepreneur and inventor. His first company, MPL, inc., founded in 1958 in Chicago, IL was a pioneer in development of inexpensive disposable hypodermic needles. In 1975 Brian co-founded Baxa Corporation, originally located in Northbrook, IL. In 1981, he moved with the company to Colorado, where he would live the remainder of his life. Baxa grew in the next 30 years to have over 700 employees, serving hospitals in over 65 countries. Several of his inventions were key to the success of the company, which specialized in the safe handling and preparation of IV and liquid medications. Brian's inventions were recognized for preventing medication errors and saving lives. The company was sold in 2011 to Baxter Healthcare. In 2005, he co-founded Bell Aquaculture in Albany, IN, which was a pioneer in large scale inland/indoor aquaculture, and was sold in 2016. All told, Brian founded more than a dozen companies in his career and was awarded over 36 patents.

In 2005, Brian received an Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by Ernst and Young and in 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado BioScience Association, an organization he had helped to found. Brian was a long time member of the Chicago and Rocky Mountain YPO chapters.

Brian is survived by his loving wife Ann, of 40 years, children Laura (Pete) Terpenning, Greg (Jenny) Baldwin and Jeff (Debra) Baldwin and his stepson Michael (Kay) Miller, nine grandchildren Esther (Steve) Terpeninng, Jessica Baldwin, Rebecca Terpenning, Rachel(Catherine) Baldwin, Andrew Baldwin, Dalton Baldwin, Rhea Baldwin, Hayden Miller and Isaac Miller, and two great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister Marcia Baldwin and his parents, George and Edna Baldwin.

Brian is remembered for his optimism, his kind disposition, and by his deep desire to make a difference in the world. He was never happier than working on a new invention in an engineering lab, or launching a new business. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at Denver University. https://access.du.edu/s/1150/rd20/interior.aspx?sid=1150&gid=1001&pgid=15068&cid=25965


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Published in Denver Post from May 27 to May 29, 2020.
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Joan Braun
May 27, 2020
To Laura Terpenning,Her Whole My Deepest Sympathy for your Loss. I am sending many Prayers your way. Laura,you will always have your Beautiful,Wonderful Happy Memories of Your time with your Dad. Love to You & Your Family.
Julie Marie Roth
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May 27, 2020
Brian was such an amazing person. One of the kindest and most genuine. He was a role model and hero for so many. I am so blessed to have gotten to know him and his loss leaves a huge hole in my heart as well as many others. My thoughts, love and prayers go out to all who knew and loved him.
Christa Fowler
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May 27, 2020
On an amazing trip to Africa with his grandchildren...Rachel and Andrew Baldwin pictured here with Brian.
Gregory John Baldwin
Family
May 27, 2020
His parents were teachers, and when he was small they ran an ice cream shop in the summer....he blamed that for a life long love affair with ice cream.
Greg Baldwin
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May 27, 2020
Brian skiing (wipe out) in the 1970's...note the wine skin!
Gregory John Baldwin
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May 27, 2020
Dad at a recent family gathering with his granddaughter Becca, son Greg and his spouse Jenny.
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May 27, 2020
Brian with his boys Greg and Jeff, his mom in the background, circa 1970
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Brian in the late 1940's / early 1950's
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Brian and his wife Ann in 2011
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1982, Wedding of Brian's daughter Laura and Peter Terpenning
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May 27, 2020
Brian lit up a room when he entered. He was so positive and loving. He is sorely missed by many. Frankie Tutt
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