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BAKER, Reba Ruth

February 27, 2013 5:41 AM

Reba Ruth Baker, born June 24, 1917, passed quietly in her sleep the evening of February 24, 2013. Mother of Shari, Bonnie and Reenie; grandmother of Jeanne and Debbie, great grand mother of Win and Holt; and surrogate mother to thousands of foreign students whom she taught at UCSB from 1975 until her recent illness. Her most precious connection was wife and partner to her husband UCSB Prof. B.R. Baker, who passed away in 1971.

She has requested no ceremonies and that the family be allowed to mourn and remember her privately and in peace. The family requests that people send their "Reba Baker stories", of which there are many, to http://reba.baker.muchloved.com/. Each story is very precious.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the annual B.R. Baker Memorial Lecture and Student Fellowship at UCSB Chemistry Department. The lecture series helps support Dr Baker's research which pioneered the anticancer agents that are now saving lives every day, as well as graduate students involved in this research. The series is now in its 39th year. Donations may be made online at https://www.giveucsb.com/chem.htm or by mail to Department Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mail Code 9510, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510


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