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Statement by President James Wright on the disappearance of George F. Baker III

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/03/05 • Contact Public Affairs (603) 646-3661

On behalf of the entire Dartmouth community, I want to express our deep sadness regarding the disappearance of George F. Baker III. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baker family. George, although not a graduate of Dartmouth, was a treasured member of the Dartmouth family. Honoring the tradition of his great-grandfather George F. Baker, George's commitment to Dartmouth provided for the transformational growth of the Dartmouth College Library. Dartmouth College offers its heartfelt condolences to the Baker family during this difficult time.

In 1992, George, an adopted member of the Class of 1949, helped to renovate Baker Library with a generous gift from the George F. Baker Trust. His gifts were made in honor of his great-grandfather George Fisher Baker, who through a gift in 1926 made possible Baker Library, named in honor of his uncle Fisher Ames Baker of the Dartmouth Class of 1859. Like his great-grandfather, George had a deep commitment to philanthropy, particularly for the support of secondary and college education in New Hampshire. He and his wife Sarah have been members of the President's Leadership Council at the College since its founding in 1998. His children George F. Baker and Joanna Baker are both graduates of Dartmouth, of the Classes of 2000 and 2001.

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