George M. Baker Jr., 69, accountant, Civil War buff

November 30, 2005

George M. Baker Jr., a retired accountant and Civil War buff, died of a heart attack Sunday at his Forest Hill home. He was 69.

Born in Baltimore and raised near Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was a 1955 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School, where he wrestled.

He joined Allied Bendix Corp. nearly 40 years ago and first worked as a draftsman. After study at the Johns Hopkins University, he became an accountant, retiring in 1996.

For many years, he lived in Gardenville, where he led Boy Scout Troop 683.

Mr. Baker is a founding member of the Baltimore Stock Club, an amateur investment group, where he also held offices.

In 1999, he moved to Forest Hill and took up painting and attended classes at a senior center in Bel Air. He sold his first painting, a seascape, this year.

Mr. Baker enjoyed travel and sports. He was a Colts fan and lined the walls of his home office with autographed photos of Johnny Unitas, Art Donovan and Jim Parker.

He also enjoyed American history and was a Civil War re-enactor. For the past 20 years, he appeared at events along the East Coast as an infantryman and medical officer. He had Union and Confederate uniforms, and often carried a reproduction Springfield rifle.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 533 E. Jarrettsville Road, where he taught Sunday school.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Mary McCusker; a son, George M. Baker III of Baltimore; three daughters, Margaret Rice of Sparks, Rita Baker-Schmidt of Parkton and Joan Welch of Ruckersville, Va.; two brothers, John R. Baker of Baltimore and Thomas E. Baker Sr. of Bel Air; a sister, Patricia G. O'Keefe of Bel Air; and seven grandchildren.

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