The Ed Baker Family invites you to join them for a “Celebration of Life” service in remembrance of their husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who died on December 11, 2013. The service will be held in Stetson Chapel on Tuesday, July 29, at 11 AM. There will be a buffet reception immediately following the service in the Hornet Suite at the Kalamazoo College Athletic Field House. All are welcome to attend.
Ed Baker was a professor emeritus of physical education and former Hornet head football coach. Ed came to K in 1967 from the Haverford School in Philadelphia (Pa.), where he led the football team to a 50-20-2 record in nine seasons. He coached Hornet football from 1967 to 1983, when he left that position in order to direct the College’s career service center. He coached the football Hornets again in 1988 and 1989. Ed earned his bachelor’s degree at Denison University and his master’s from Ohio State University. His overall record at K was 62 wins, 89 losses, and 5 ties. His best season was 1978, when the Hornets posted a 6-2 record. On three occasions, Ed’s Hornet teams finished third in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. When he retired in 1990, then acting president Tim Light wrote of Ed Baker: “In his role of coach and teacher, he has manifested a wonderful sensitivity towards young people and an appreciation of their talents. Ed has been consistently one of our finest encouragers of young people, and his sure and proven sense of judgment of people’s character and their potential ability to succeed has been an inspiration to the rest of us.”