Robert T. Baker, retired chief of 1st American BankA Mass...


April 23, 1992

Robert T. Baker, retired chief of 1st American Bank

A Mass of Christian burial for Robert T. Baker, retired chairman of the board and president of the First American Bank of Maryland, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Mr. Baker, who was 75, died Monday after a heart attack at his home on Charles Ridge Road in the Ruxton area.

He retired in 1985. He had been president of a predecessor bank, Chesapeake National in Towson, when it was established in 1964.

He became chairman of Chesapeake in 1975. Three years later, he was named chairman of First American when it was created through a merger of Chesapeake and American National Bank of Silver Spring.

In 1980, he also became president and chief executive officer of First American.

From 1954 until joining Chesapeake, he had been vice president of the First National Bank of Aberdeen.

He began his banking career in 1946 with the National Bank of Commerce in Charleston, W.Va., where he became an assistant vice president, head of consumer loans and a member of the senior loan committee before moving to Aberdeen.

Born and educated in Hazleton, Pa., he worked in the accounting department of Genetti's, a restaurant and supermarket chain there before World War II.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during the war, leaving the service with the rank of first lieutenant.

He was a graduate of the banking school at Rutgers University. He later was president of the Charleston chapter of the American Institute of Banking and taught courses for it. He was also a member of the thesis advisory committee of the Consumer Banking School of the University of Virginia.

In Aberdeen, he was president of the Chamber of Commerce, director of the Lions Club and treasurer and chairman of the finance committee of the Maryland Country Club in Bel Air.

He was made an honorary member of the staff and faculty of the Army Ordnance School at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

After moving to the Towson bank, he was treasurer of the Dulaney Valley Symphony and active in the Baltimore County TB and Health Association. He was a member of the Hillendale Golf and Country Club and the Advertising Club of Baltimore.

He had been chairman of the consumer banking committee of the Maryland Bankers Association and on the board of First National Bank of Washington.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Fusetti; three sons, Timothy Allen Baker of New York City, Robert Eric Baker of Bel Air and J. Christopher Baker of Parkton; three brothers, John Baker of Endicott, N.Y., Gene Baker of Peoria, Ill., and Tom Baker of Aberdeen; a sister, Helen McCann of Shenandoah Heights, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Sherman T. Perkins

Retired sea captain

A memorial Mass for Sherman T. Perkins, a retired merchant ship captain who had lived in Long Green since 1983, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike.

Mr. Perkins, who was 92, died Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital of pneumonia as a complication of cancer.

He retired in 1965 from the Waterman Steamship Corp. after 30 years of service, starting as a crew member and working his way up to command.

During World War II, he was the line's port captain in New York and occasionally commanded ships in Atlantic coast convoys. He was a life member of the Marine Society of New York.

The native of Hartford, Conn., grew up in Lynn, Mass. He was a 1921 graduate of Tufts College.

He lived in Fairhope, on Mobile Bay in Alabama, for many years and had a summer home in Brooksville, Maine.

He had enjoyed sailing since his childhood in New England. He was flag officer and chairman of the regatta committee at the Bucks Harbor Yacht Club in Maine and taught navigation at the Fairhope Yacht Club.

A collector of commemorative plates, he was a life member of the American Philatelic Society.

His wife, the former Thomasine Cady, died in 1982.

He is survived by his daughter, Catherine P. Carter of Long Green, and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust in Blue Hill, Maine, to benefit preservation of coastal lands.

Rev. Annabel Chase

Assistant pastor

Services for the Rev. Annabel Chase, a retired health aide who was assistant pastor at a South Baltimore church, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Adams A.M.E. Church in the southern Anne Arundel County community of Lothian.

Mrs. Chase, who was 64, died of heart disease Monday at the Harbor Hospital Center.

She had served as an assistant pastor at Hemingway Temple A.M.E. Church, on Woodview Road in Cherry Hill, since her ordination as a minister more than 30 years ago.

Mrs. Chase worked as a home health aide for Home Call Inc. from 1985 to 1991. Many years ago, she worked as a cook at the old Seton Institute.

In the late 1970s she did volunteer work with patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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