Robert T. Baker

April 23, 1992

Robert T. Baker, retired chairman of the board and president of the First American Bank of Maryland, died Monday after a heart attack at his home on Charles Ridge Road in the Ruxton area. He was 75.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Baker was being offered today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

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.

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