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John Edward Baker

June 18, 1928 ~ June 16, 2020 (age 91)

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John Edward baker was born June 18, 1928 in Knoxville, TN. He was the son of John W. Baker and Buena Cogdill Baker. John died peacefully at home on June 16; just 2 days shy of his 92th birthday.


He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Murdnal Adler Baker, 2 daughters, Karen l. Baker and husband Bob Stupik, Sharon E. Mohr and husband Michael Mohr, 4 brothers, Elmer, Jim, Henry and Billy Baker, 2 grandsons, Daniel and Robert Mohr and wife Alexis, 1 grand daughter, Lindsey Kingsnorth-Coletti and husband Jimmy, 2 great grandchildren, James and Ally.


After serving his country in the Korean conflict as a medic, John taught elementary school in Appalachia, VA, Bowling Green, KY, Madison, TN and Collegedale, TN where he received a master’s in education from Vanderbilt University in 1968.


In 1970 John and his family moved to South Lancaster, MA to accept a position in the education dept. Of Atlantic Union College where he taught elementary method classes to future teachers and was chairman of the dept. For 3 years while obtaining his doctorate (ed .d) from Boston University in 1980.


John retired from AUC in 1990 and he and Murdnal returned to Collegedale, TN. He was recruited by Southern Adventist University to obtain state certification for the education department and taught 4 years in that dept.

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