Austin Howard Baker Jr., who retired as a library assistant at The Baltimore Sun, died yesterday of complications to diabetes at his home on East Collingham Drive in the Dundalk area. He was 62.
He retired last December, having joined the newspapers as a copy boy in 1945 and then worked in the wire room from 1953 until he joined the library staff in 1981.
The Baltimore native served in the Army during the Korean War.
A deacon and a tenor in the choir at the Colgate Baptist Church, he was a member of the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose.
He is survived by his wife, the former Muriel L. Blake; and a brother, Melville E. Baker of Glen Burnie.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete yesterday.