Glascoe A. Baker Sr., 83, principal

May 31, 2006

Glascoe Austin Baker Sr., a retired Baltimore public school principal, died of lung cancer May 22 at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 83 and a resident of Charlestown Retirement Community.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Etting Street, he was a 1939 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. His studies at what is now Coppin State University were interrupted by Army service in Scotland, France and Germany during World War II.

After the war, he graduated from Coppin with a bachelor's degree in education. He earned a master's degree from New York University and studied at the Johns Hopkins University.

Hired by the city school system, he taught at the old William M. Alexander Elementary School before being named a vice principal of Rognel Heights Elementary. He retired nearly three decades ago as principal of the old F.L. Barbour Elementary at Saratoga and Schroeder streets.

A former member of Metropolitan Methodist Church, he was a member of the Baltimore Ethical Society at his death.

"He loved to debate and had a restless mind," said son Glascoe A. Baker Jr. of Baltimore.

He also enjoyed travel and golf and was a member of the Templars social club, which he helped to found.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors include another son, David Baker of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife of 25 years, the former Mary Bettina Adams, died in 1976.

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