HOWARD H. BAKER Jr.
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BAKER, HOWARD H., JR. - died Thursday, June 26th, 2014, at his home in Huntsville, Tennessee. He was 88 years old. His family was with him when he died. Known in Washington, D.C., as the voice of civility, he searched for answers to the critical issues facing the country. His skill as a conciliator served him well over an 18-year career in the United States Senate, as Senate Majority and Minority Leader, as chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan and U.S. Ambassador to Japan. Howard Baker was born in Huntsville, Tennessee, Scott County the son of Dora Ann Ladd and Howard Baker, Sr. At the age of 8 years old his mother died. His father remarried Irene Bailey of Sevierville, Tn. His father was a Congressman from Scott County Tennessee from 1951 to 1964. When Howard Baker Sr. died in office, his wife Irene took his seat in Congress and later won election to Congress in her own right. Baker attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tn., Tulane University and the University of the South. During World War II, he served on a PT boat in the South Pacific. Upon completion of his military service, Baker enrolled in the University of Tennessee law school, a choice he made, he said, because the line was shorter than the one for the engineering school. In 1949 he was admitted to the bar in Tennessee and began his law practice with his father. The firm was called Baker and Baker, now known as Baker Donelson, one of the top 100 law firms in the country. The rotunda at the UT College of Law is named in his honor. In 1951, Baker met the daughter of Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois. He and Joy Dirksen were married that same year. He had 2 children, Darek Dirksen Baker and Cynthia "Cissy" Baker. As a young man he didn't have political ambitions, but in 1964 he ran for the United States Senate as a Republican. He lost the election, but two years later, ran again, defeating the sitting Governor Frank Clement. Baker became the first Republican popularly elected to the Senate from Tennessee. He served 18 years in the Senate serving both as Senate minority and majority leader. Upon his retirement from the Senate, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country. In a Leadership Lecture to his former Senate colleagues in 1998 - a speech entitled "On Herding Cats" -- Baker said what really makes the Senate work is an understanding of human nature, an appreciation of the hearts as well as the minds, the frailties as well as the strengths, of one's colleagues and one's constituents. In 1980, he ran for president, but lost to Ronald Reagan. Six years later, he received call from President Reagan, asking him to serve as White House Chief of Staff. His decision removed the potential of a second race for the White House, but he stated, "When the President calls, it is your duty to serve." Upon leaving the White House he returned to the practice of law, both in Tennessee and Washington. In 1993, his wife Joy Dirksen Baker died. Three years later Baker married his distinguished Senate colleague, Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas, daughter of Presidential nominee Alf Landon. He re-entered public service in 2001 when he was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the United States ambassador to Japan, a post he held until 2005. President Bush commented he never thought he would be sending two Senators to represent the United States in Japan. In 2003 the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy was established at the University of Tennessee. The Center is dedicated to maintaining his commitment to public service and encouraging young people to engage in the political process. Addressing his lifetime role in public service, he stated, "I continue to believe that politics is an honorable profession. I believe that only through the political process can we deal effectively with the full range of the demands and dissents of the American people." Baker is survived by his wife, Nancy Kassebaum Baker; son, Darek Dirksen Baker and his wife Karen Baker; and daughter Cynthia "Cissy" Baker. He has four grandsons, Daniel, Matthew, Timothy and Samuel. He has two sisters, Mary Stuart and Beverly Patestides. Senator Baker will lie in repose at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, 1640 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996, on Monday, June 30th from 11:00am - 4:00pm, to which the public is invited. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 1st at 1:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Baker's hometown of Huntsville, Tennessee.

Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from Jun. 27 to Jun. 30, 2014.
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RIP Mr. Howard Baker. Here is a candle that I now remembered to add to my comments. Heaven gained another great man.
Diane
December 3, 2018
Condolences to the friends, family members, his pilot, pets, etc. reading about his passing. We just lost #41. RIP Mr. Baker. From PA.
Diane
December 3, 2018
I remember the one and only time I met Howard Baker. I was a young girl, 20 yrs old, working at the hotel next to the Memphis Airport. Mr. Baker was in town campaigning for election.

I saw all these people coming and going with Baker buttons on, and being so young, I thought it was a baker's convention.

Mr. Baker would go out during the day and evening campaigning, but when he came back to the hotel he always stopped and chatted with me for awhile at the front desk.

His last night there, we were talking, and then it hit me who he was. He saw the expression on my face and started laughing. He said, you know who I am now don't you. I was so embarrassed but laughed and said yes I did.

We chatted a little more then he retired to his room and I never saw him again, but I will never forget him and the laugh we had.

Rest in peace my dear friend.
Jeri Knight
December 14, 2016
Valenda Newell
November 12, 2016
You will be with me in Paradise. (Luke 23:43)
Ce
March 3, 2015
As the only University of Tennessee Director of Special Events I spent a number of events staging with and for Senator Baker through my 16 years. He was a favorite among my peers and was always grateful for the work and care he received from the departments for which I brought into the fold to produce outstanding events for the Senator. He is missed.
Judy Flanagan
February 28, 2015
Rest in peace.
Lena Williams
February 1, 2015
Jim and Laura Terry
August 6, 2014
Terrie Cross
July 28, 2014
I will missed you.Rest in Peace
Brennen Garcia
July 23, 2014
I'm sorry for your loss. May "the God of all comfort" provide your family with the strength needed to endure as you mourn for your loss,
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
July 19, 2014
VeRhonda Hembree
July 16, 2014
Shirley Shoemaker
July 10, 2014
Rest in peace until the God of all tender mercy will call, and you yourself will answer... what a day that will be!!!
Ag nc
July 9, 2014
Paula Crowley
July 7, 2014
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
July 5, 2014
Cissy So sad to hear.To help you remember my family; we grew up off Oakhurst. My Father and Yours became fast friends here in Knoxville, and in D.C.while my Father was serving on the House Appropriations Committee, under Clarence Cannon.John Duncan, Sr.was also in the same "clique" as they were all from Tennessee. We heard 'stories' of some of their
'get togethers' ... Fond memories of all. Prayers are with you and yours always ~~~ Godspeed Contact me if you like...
Deborah Gardner
July 3, 2014
Sorry to hear of the passing of Howard, we go back a long way. His father and my grandfather were kin folks all from Scott County. Howard did more then any other for Scott County, State of Tennessee and His Country. Howard will be missed, our Prayers go out to the Family, May God Bless You All.
Ron, Martha and Nathaniel
Ron Langley
July 2, 2014
Eric & Crystal Oxendine
July 2, 2014
Gregory Brett Chambers
July 1, 2014
Thoughts and prayers, wonderful family.
Debbie Via, RN UTMCK CM (in the past.)
Debbie Via
July 1, 2014
My condolences to Cissy, Nancy and Derek.
Marianne Messer
July 1, 2014
Dear Cissy, Darek & Nancy,
I send my love and deep regret that I could not be there today to grieve with you and celebrate uncle Howard's amazing life. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Michele
Michele
July 1, 2014
What precious memories I have of this gentle man who was a true Southern Gentleman. God Bless you all...
Cathy J. Burke
July 1, 2014
A loss to Scott County and the entire country.
Elaine & Randy Lowe
July 1, 2014
My condolence to the entire Baker family. Senator Baker was adirmed and respected by those of us who knew him.
Carol Browning
July 1, 2014
Senator Howard Baker - my condolences to the family . A great man that will be missed, and will be remember for all he did for country, family and friends. Jonnie Odom
June 30, 2014
Our deep and sincere sympathy to all the family. Senator Baker was a gentle spirit and a man we were honored to call our friend. Tom says to take care of the mother load (yellow ladies slippers).
The Rev. And Mrs. Tom Wade
June 30, 2014
Stacy Overton & Family
June 30, 2014
SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS,MAY THIS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE BE OF COMFORT TO YOU."GOD HAS SAID IN HIS WORD,DRAW CLOSE TO HIM AND HE WILL DRAW CLOSE TO YOU."JAS.4:8...............
June 30, 2014
Senator Baker was instrumental in my father's appointment to the federal bench. Needless to say this was the key event of his career. To Mrs. Nancy Landon K.Baker: I once sang happy birthday to your late father Alf Landon on his lawn in Topeka, Kansas.You sure have had an amazing life in American politics. Sincerely, James Jarvis III
James Jarvis
June 30, 2014
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please be assured that God cares for you and will comfort you at this time. 1 Pet. 5:7
June 30, 2014
GOD BLESS EACH & EVERY ONE OF THE FAMILY. SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON, & HE WILL BE MISSED IN CONGRESS AS WELL AS BY HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS. OUR LOSS IS HEAVENS GAIN

NORMA JEAN FANCHER
NORMA JEAN FANCHER
June 30, 2014
A MAN OF ACTION THAT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. HELPED ME WHEN I WAS IN THE NAVY (I'M FORMERLY FROM MARYVILLE).
WILLIS MOORE
June 30, 2014
The faithful man Job asked the question; "If a man dies,can he live again?". The answer to that question is "YES" because God has the desire to restore our lost loved ones to endless life. I am sorry for your loss.
J. L.
June 30, 2014
You were a good man. You will be missed by all.Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Frances Terrell
June 30, 2014
To Senator Baker's family - I am saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greatest statesmen Tennessee ever had. I was born and raised in Knoxville and have heard nothing but great things through the years that the senator did. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Rest in peace.
Beverly Cash Randolph
June 29, 2014
Gary and Holly Yancey
June 29, 2014
A good statesman and friend.
Ed Goin
June 29, 2014
Pat Hamlin
June 29, 2014
Sen. Baker was my first boss in 1964 at Baker, Young, Young, & Baker. Not only was he a brilliant man but he was a generous and gracious man. I loved working for him and will always be grateful for all that I learned under him. I consider myself honored to have had the privilege. My condolences to Mrs. Baker, Darek and Cissy and family.
Mona Isbell Smith
June 29, 2014
Thank you, Senator Baker, for all you did for the great State of Tennessee and for our country. God bless.
June 29, 2014
With Sympathy, Marilyn L.Dowd., dau. of George L, Dowd , Navy V12 , Officer's Candidate Program, Sewanee.WW11 1943-44. Losing our brighest and best generation of leadership. With sadness.
June 29, 2014
Edward L Neubert
June 29, 2014
I quote what I heard someone say earlier this week: "There will never be another one like him!"
Edith Williams
June 29, 2014
Baker Family,

Our condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your grief. May the God who gives peace be with all of you.
June 29, 2014
Soon death will be no more.
June 29, 2014
Jack and Sue Lay
June 29, 2014
Truly sorry for your loss, may God give comfort in these diffcult time.
John 5:28
June 29, 2014
I am sorry to hear of the death of Sen. Howard H. Baker. My Father always spoke well of him and had memories of their Navy V12 years at Sewanee 1943-44 during WW11.
WW11. It is indeed difficult to lose these members of "the geatest generation "b. 1924- 25 who were the brighest snd best that Tennessee snd the Nation had and who made such positive and outstanding leadership. MTheir lights shine no more upon earth,but light the fires of heaven , for they were good and honorable men . Well done good and faithful servants.
June 28, 2014
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Senator Baker. One of Tennessee's great statesmen. Thank you, Senator, for your dedication to public service. Rest in Peace in the arms of our Eternal Father.
Carol N.
June 28, 2014
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Sen. Howard H. Baker. An honarble gentleman. A life well lived. Exemplary. My father always spoke well of Sen. Baker and had bright memories of their time in the Navy V12 Program at Sewanee during WW11. Losing them is difficult beyond imagination. The greatest generation. The brightest and best leadership our nation and state had. You are missed.
June 28, 2014
Thank you for serving our state and our country with such tremendous dedication. You will remain in the hearts of many of us for years to come. God bless you all as you remember your husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Saundra Farmer Burkey
June 28, 2014
My condolences to Senator Baker's family.
Phyllis Gilbert
June 28, 2014
A great southern genleman whom we will miss greatly. As a pilot I want to note that he was a pilot also. Heaven just got one of our best.
Dudley Johnston
June 28, 2014
The world needs more Howard Henrys. A wonderful man.
Terrie Cross
June 28, 2014
My condolences goes out to your family at this time of sorrow.
Derek Walker
June 28, 2014
Senator Baker will always be remembered for the love he had for his Scott County home, family and friends. We will miss him.
Jack M and Sue Lay
June 28, 2014
Mr. Baker seemed like a remarkable Man. At times like these, 'God can give us "power beyond what is normal," so we can keep going from one day to the next. (2 Cor.4:7) May your memories continue to bring the family comfort during this difficult time.
June 28, 2014
MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO YOU ALL. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS AND MAY YOU DRAW CLOSE TO GOD DURING THIS TIME. (1 Corinthians15:26)
June 28, 2014
May God bless his family & friends that he leaves behind.A man who will be rememered by so many.rest in peace Howard Henry Baker.
David & Jean Ginn
June 28, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Linder Herbert
June 28, 2014
My prayers and condolences are with the family of Howard Baker Jr. Psalms.90:10 says he lived a long life of special mightiness from God. Let the comfort of God be with you all during this time of grief.
Bettyf Fowler
June 28, 2014
May you find comfort in knowing that God soon will bring a complete end to death and all human suffering.
RR
June 28, 2014
Last of the gentleman country politicians RIP our neighbor and friend.You never forgot your roots and fought the good fight,God holds you now!
april bowling
June 28, 2014
I would like to give my condolences to the family. May God help your family in times of distress. -Ecclesiastes 5:8, 9
June 28, 2014
May you find comfort in the word of God. (Phillipians 4:7)
June 28, 2014
Senator Baker was a giant among men. Todays politicians of both party's could learn a lot from watching tapes of this man. RIP Senator! You were truly an American hero. Thank you for your service.
Pam Sheppard
June 27, 2014
Mickey & Kathy Carson
June 27, 2014
kenny newport
June 27, 2014
Wanda R. Newport
June 27, 2014
Elva & Tracey Chambers
June 27, 2014
Jack & Deborah Tompkins
June 27, 2014
Senator Baker set the standard for my political views. I often refer to myself as a "Howard Baker Moderate." He was an honorable gentleman with no equal and a statesman who made me proud to be a Tennessean. RIP, Mr. Baker. May God be with the Baker family and give them peace and comfort.
Carol Johnson
June 27, 2014
Jack & Jo Chitwood
June 27, 2014
He was a wonderful senaator
Milton Neathery
June 27, 2014
The world is a better place because of Howard Baker, Jr. May he forever rest in peace. Our condolences to the family.
Sylvia (Hickman) & Randy Sexton
June 27, 2014
Kenneth And Wanda Vann
June 27, 2014
Vivian (Zachary) Lloyd
June 27, 2014
Sherman and Jerri (Zachary) Chitwood
June 27, 2014
DEAR SENATOR KASSEBAUM-BAKER AND FAMILY. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU. SENATOR BAKER WAS A WONDERFUL MAN. I REMEMBER BACK IN 1995 WHEN YOUR STAFF VISITED WASHINGTON, D.C. THATS WHEN I MET SENATOR BAKER. I WAS PROUD TO GIVE HIM MY ADVISE ON MARRYING YOU. HE ASKED ME IF YOU TWO MADE A GOOD COUPLE, AND I SAID YES. I'M HONORED TO BE ABLE TO SAY I PLAYED A PART IN YOUR DECISION IN GETTING TOGETHER. I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THOSE MEMORIES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO ENDURE THIS DIFFICULT TIME. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS. LOVE YOU MUCH.
SUZANNA SWEENEY
June 27, 2014
Stacy Overton & Family
June 27, 2014
DENNY SMITH, SCOTT COUNTY FARM BUREAU
June 27, 2014
To the Family of my dear friend, Senator Howard Baker:

From the years I spent at WATE-TV, I have valued the friendship I had with Senator Baker. As a reporter, he knew I felt passionate about the Tellico Dam.. as a result, he, former TVA chief S. David Freeman, a WATE reporting colleague of mine, and myself all took many canoe trips down the Little T just before the impoundment.

The senator knew of my reporting knowledge of nuclear power, hence he was always available for interviews on TVA, the Clinch River Breeder Reactor, and Oak Ridge.

We spoke constantly about the UT Vols.. hence, our conversations about the Volunteers were on-going.

He was instrumental in helping a former colleague of mine, Pauletta "PJ" Jackson come to work at WATE-TV, as her father had worked for the senator in Washington, DC.

My ties to Senator Baker were immense and deep, going back many years, and to this day, I always counted him as a close friend.

My condolenses to you as a family.

Somewhere in Heaven, the Lord has had a conflict between parties, and He has called up Senator Baker to come mediate the problem and get the two sides to calm down and come to terms, for the sake of Heaven Harmony.

I, like everyone, was blessed to know the Senator and I treasure our friendship.
Calvin Sneed
June 27, 2014
I'm sorry for your loss. May you find hope in God's promise at 1 Corinthians 15:26.
Richmond
June 27, 2014
Here is to a life well lived.My father Lon, also from Scott county, had a great love and deep respect for both Howard and his father..rest in peace,sir.
Bess,Jim and Mary C. Hammock
June 27, 2014
Sorry to hear about your loss. May you find hope in the God of all comfort. 2 Cor. 1:3-5
June 27, 2014
God Bless you and Thank You for your service from a grateful nation

Michael Spears
Michael Spears
June 27, 2014
Howard Baker never lost his love for his state or its people. He was a true statesman and gentleman. He made Tennessee proud and will be missed.
Audrey Tallent
June 27, 2014
One of the good guys. He will be missed, A throwback from when you felt you could respect and honor our national leaders.
Brenda Mahar
June 27, 2014
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham
June 27, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. May the god of all comfort be with the family. Thoughts and prayers with you.
June 27, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Doris (Horner ) [email protected]
June 27, 2014
This Campbell County cousin mourns the loss of a truly good man, great Tennessean, and proud American. He represented us all with fairness and dignity.
Paula Miller Gray
June 27, 2014
The United States has lost one of it's finest statesman. Howard was a credit to
everything he did. Our U.S. Senate would do well to replicate his time there and adopt his bipartisanship. My condolences to Senator Baker's family.
Bill Hudson
June 27, 2014
Dear Cissy,
I was deeply saddened to hear of your father's death. He was important to all of us. You are in my thoughts more often than you know.
I lost my father many years ago and it took time, but there was a wonderful flood of good memories immediately. For you I hope the grief is tempered with a flood of good memories.

Love to you,
Sheila Conners
Sheila Conners
June 27, 2014
My condolences to the Baker family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9: 5,10 regarding the loss of your love one.
June 27, 2014
Being selected as President Regan's Chief of Staff speaks volumes for the quality of person Senator Baker was. I grew up with Senator Baker's prominence in the local, national, and world news. He lived a life of dedicated public service that few have the character and commitment to achieve. Our nation is a much better place because of Senator Baker. May he RIP after a well lived life. My condolences to the family.
Becky Wester
June 27, 2014
Draw close to God during this time of sorrow.
James 4:8
June 26, 2014
May God Bless the family of Sen. Howard Baker and comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Gary Ott
June 26, 2014
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