Robert C. Baker, a former project superintendent for Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and a World War II combat pilot, died of lung cancer June 2 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Randallstown resident was 83.
Mr. Baker was born in Baltimore and raised in Rockdale. He graduated in 1939 from Catonsville High School attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and, after completing flight training at Pensacola, Fla., was commissioned as an ensign in 1944. A fighter pilot, he was assigned to aircraft carriers in the Pacific and attained the rank of lieutenant.
After returning to Baltimore, he took a job as a carpenter and later became a project superintendent and manager for Consolidated Engineering Co., John K. Ruff Co. and Baltimore Contractors.
In 1958, he established Freeform Pool Co., which built residential concrete swimming pools.
In 1964, after closing the business, he joined Whiting-Turner. Several notable construction projects he managed during his long career include the former Maryland National Bank Operations Center, First Maryland Building and the Federal Reserve Bank in Baltimore. He retired in 1985.
Mr. Baker was a lifelong singer and as a bass baritone performed with the old Baltimore Civic Opera Company. He sang at many area weddings.
He enjoyed spending summers at a second home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where he liked fishing from his boat, Sweet Thing III, and wintering at another home in Sun City, Fla.
He was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockdale.
His wife of 54 years, the former Virginia Marie Lages, died in 1998.
Services were held Monday.
Mr. Baker is survived by two sons, David C. Baker of Towson and Dale R. Baker of Hampstead; a daughter, Diane B. Garro of Hunt Valley; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.