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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 17, 2005

 

           The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice regrets to advise The Citadel family of the death of Tod A. Baker, longtime memer of the faculty.

           Baker joined the faculty in 1967 and retired in 1996 at the rank of professor of political science. During his nearly 30 years of service he taught and counseled thousands of students, cofounded The Citadel's Symposium on Southern Politics, and was author or coauthor of dozens of professional papers, book chapters, and journal articles. In addition, he coedited nearly a dozen books. His scholarly work focused on southern politics, political party activists, presidential elections, and, particularly, the relationship between religion and politics. In his post-Citadel years, Baker greatly enjoyed retirement on the Sullivan's Island he so greatly loved, and he was active in his church, in prison ministries, and in other volunteer activities.

           Baker was a vital, productive, and highly valued member of the departmental faculty. In retirement, he occasionally visited the campus to keep up with our activities and to discuss his many interests, ranging from opera to Auburn football. He will be greatly missed.

           Baker died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Mt. Pleasant on Monday morning, 14 March, as he completed his delivery route for meals-on-wheels. He was preceded in death in 1990 by his beloved wife Patsy.

           He is survived by his children: William Logan Caldwell of Kingwood, TX; Robert Ingram Caldwell of Danville, KY; Richard Aylette Caldwell of Indian Harbor Beach, FL; Patrick Clemens Caldwell of Kailua, HI and Elizabeth Caldwell Stamps of Danville, KY; a brother: Robert Erwin Baker, Jr. of Lake Charles, LA; niece: Imogene Konvalinka of Chattanooga, TN; two nephews: Bobby Baker of Lake Charles, LA and John Fletcher Baker of Baton Rouge, LA; grandnieces and nephews: Robert Erwin Baker III, John Tod Baker; John Patrick Konvalinka, Kathleen Baker Konvalinka, William Lawson Konvalinka, Virginia Fletcher Konvalinka, Kay Baker and John Fletcher Baker, Jr.

           Visitiation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 18,at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant Chapel. A 7 p.m. vigil will include a service of remembrance where family and friends are invited to share personal remembrances or eulogies. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19th at the Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant.

           Memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: Meals on Wheels East Cooper, PO Box 267, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465; Church of the Holy Cross, Building Fund, 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482; Crisis Ministries, 573 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or Kyros of SC, PO Box 2706, Sumter, SC 29151-2706. Condolences may be sent via www.mcalister-smith.com. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.

 

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