Mark L. Baker, 85, clothing manufacturer

September 08, 2004

Mark L. Baker, a retired clothing manufacturer and buyer, died of anemia Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The longtime Sudbrook Park resident was 85.

Mr. Baker was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1937 from City College. He left the University of Virginia after his sophomore year to enlist in the Army and served with the 69th Medical Depot Company in England, Wales and the Philippines, attaining the rank of master sergeant.

After World War II, he returned to Baltimore and worked with his father, the co-owner of Miller & Baker, manufacturers of women's sportswear. After his father sold the business in the early 1950s, the son joined L. Greif & Bros., clothing manufacturers, as production supervisor.

He retired in the early 1990s from J. Schoeneman Inc., the former Owings Mills clothing manufacturer where he had been a trimmings buyer.

In retirement, he earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

"He was just thrilled about it," said Mr. Baker's wife of 54 years, the former Elaine Fink. "He then continued on toward a master's degree but didn't finish."

In the spring, Mr. Baker enjoyed a visit to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, family members said.

"Reading was his joy, and especially anything to do with history," his wife said. "We were on an Elderhostel trip in late July following the trail of Lewis and Clark when he became sick in Helena, Mont., from the altitude. The doctors said he could not continue, and we came home."

For years, Mr. Baker volunteered at Bedford Elementary School near his home and in the archives of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

He was a lifelong member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Baker also is survived by a son, David N. Baker of Atlanta; and two grandchildren.

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