Addison Baker Duncan
1927 - 2019
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December 29, 1927 - January 16, 2019
Addison Baker Duncan was born on December 29, 1927, in Waco, Texas to Addison Baker Duncan and Frances Higginbotham Duncan. He had two younger brothers, Malcolm P. Duncan of Waco, and Rufus Duncan who passed away in 1998, and one sister, Laura Duncan Trim of Albuquerque, NM. Baker attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and graduated from Yale University and earned his Master's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
On January 31, 1953, Baker married Sally Prescott Witt of San Antonio, and they settled in Houston, where Baker was employed by Rotan Mosle & Moreland from 1953-1961, and the first two of three sons were born; Addison Baker Duncan III and Richard Witt Duncan. Baker eagerly answered the call to be Headmaster at his old alma mater, Woodberry Forest in 1962. Baker was Headmaster from 1961-1970, and a third son, Andrew Prescott Duncan, rounded out the family. During his tenure at Woodberry, Baker started a building campaign to improve and increase campus buildings and infrastructure, increased the school's endowment and hired a premier faculty. Baker consulted Sally on her wishes when it was time to leave Woodberry Forest, and they returned to San Antonio in 1970 with their family. Baker re-joined Rotan Mosle Inc. as Office Manager, where he remained until 1978, when he founded Duncan-Smith Company, where he remained to the present day. Over the years Baker was asked to fill numerous offices, including:
Trustee, Trinity University 1976 - 2000; Trustee, Ray Ellison Grandchildren's Trust;
Director, Southwest Research Institute 1973-2016; Chairman, The San Antonio Museum Association 1975 - 1981; Chairman, Development Board, The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas 1998 - 2004; Chairman, Academic Committee, University of Texas Centennial Commission 1993
Chairman, Chancellor's Council, The University of Texas System 1982; Leader of Faith Alive Weekends, Episcopal churches throughout the country; Superintendent of the Sunday School, The Colorado Chautauqua Association
1975 - 2012
Ever driven by his projects and causes, Baker was a leader in San Antonio, belonging to the Order of the Alamo, The Argyle, The San Antonio Country Club and St. David's Episcopal Church. He was also the chairman of Duncan Park in Ward, Colorado, a property of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, and a passionate participant in the development of Pioneer Village in Gonzales, TX. Outgoing and gregarious, he loved entertaining friends and business associates at his favorite booth at the Palm in downtown San Antonio or at one of his clubs. Baker was a member of The Philosophical Society of Texas, serving as Chairman in 2000. Baker is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sally; three sons and their spouses, Baker III and Susan, Richard and Rose, and Andy and Laurel; ten grandchildren, Sadie, Addison, Adam, Witt, Avery, Nigel, Asher, Lucy, Natalie and Alexander; and three great-grandchildren, Larkin, Ethan and Baker V; his brother, Malcolm Duncan of Waco; his sister, Laura Trim and her husband Jerrold of Albuquerque, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews.
JANUARY 26, 2019
11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Duncan Park in Ward, Colorado (a property of The Diocese of West Texas), The Diocese of West Texas, or Woodberry Forest. You are invited to sign
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Published in San Antonio Express-News on Jan. 20, 2019.
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February 4, 2019
John and I both loved Baker and Sally dearly and their passing is a tremendous loss for so many. I send my love and sincere condolences to the whole Duncan family. With love, Ann Claypool Beard
Ann Claypool Beard
January 28, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Duncan family. Baker mentored me during my TMI years as well as gave me a job during part of my Trinity University time. Always generous and caring. Very sad to hear about his passing. Rest in Peace my friend.
Benjamin Sacal
January 28, 2019
Mrs Duncan, I'm so sorry to hear of Baker's passing. He was a very strong force for the betterment of mankind and especially in the life of my son. My husband, Gaylan Schroeder, considered him a friend and advisor. Now they can enjoy heaven and being with our Lord. He will definitely be missed here. May the Lord bless and give you good days. Cherry Schroeder, Boerne, Texas
Cherry Schroeder
January 27, 2019
May the peace of God that passes all understanding be with all of The Duncan Family. I had the privilege to not only know Baker, but also to call him a friend and a mentor. His legacy, love, wisdom and leadership is worthy of every admiration possible and will for ever be remembered. My deepest condolences to The Duncan's for the loss of both Baker and Sally.
Jose Sena
January 26, 2019
God speed Mr. Duncan Without you I would not be the person I am today. Lee Durham
Lee Durham
January 25, 2019
Thank you for sharing you wisdom to me and my two sons. We will never forget you.
John Marotta
January 25, 2019
Fondest love to the families of Baker and Sally Duncan from Eliza Lovett Randall and Tom Bacon and Laura Randall Bacon
Laura Bacon
January 24, 2019
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January 23, 2019
Chautauqua won't be the same without Baker there each summer. May his memory be eternal.

Valerie and John Hess
Valerie Hess
January 23, 2019
Baker meant a lot to so many of his students and their families. He captained Woodberry at a time of real excellence and his standards were always the very highest. Leaders like him have their legacy live on in all those he brought along.

Norman Rizk, WFS'67
Norman Rizk
January 23, 2019
"My thoughts and prayers are with Baker's family
Betse Rockwood
January 22, 2019
My deepest condolences to your family during this time. Baker will surely be missed.
Wanona Tara
January 22, 2019
We salute you. Sue and Bob McClane
Sue Mcclane
January 21, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family - he was a wonderful man. Kathleen Kuper
Kathleen Kuper
January 21, 2019
I knew Baker through the Philosophical Society and loved talking with him whenever we met. He gave me ideas for my latest book, The Garden of Leaders. I acknowledge him there and wish I could send him a copy! He was a superb leader and had a green thumb for growing leaders around him.

Paul Woodruff
Paul Woodruff
January 21, 2019
We called him "Mister Duncan" for a reason.
He expected it. More importantly, he deserved it from the herd of teenage boys he had volunteered to shepherd. Little did we know what changes he was making in the environment where we found ourselves. His embarrassing inquiries of adolescent boys survive as memories of today's grandfathers.
As yearbook editor, ABD paraphrased a famous Hunt poem in the write-up of a classmate beloved by all: "Bobo Tanner, may your tribe increase."
We echo this sentiment for Mister Duncan, and we personalize Hunt's last verse:
"Write Baker as 'One who loved his fellow man.'"
Bern Mebane WFS 67.
January 21, 2019
To the Baker Duncan Family,

Deepest condolences on the decease of Baker. He had a great way of dealing with people and a positive outlook. I first met Baker at Edith McAlister's and we met for lunch at the Palm a number of times and he suggested that I become a member of the Argyle. I value his friendship.
Robert Braubach
January 20, 2019
Baker touched many lives and left a large wake in each of his many endeavors. His influence was felt by all who knew or worked closely with him. He was a master teacher. We send our loving thoughts and prayer to Sally and each of the Duncan family.
Jerry & Cynthia Wiens
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