Henry Baker

Henry S. Baker Jr., a retired banker and community leader, died Saturday from complications of a tumor at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The longtime Monkton resident was 86.

The son of Henry S. Baker Sr., treasurer of the Johns Hopkins University, and Frances Innes Robinson, a registered nurse who worked for Dr. Howard A. Kelly, a founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Henry Scott Baker Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on St. Georges Road in Roland Park.


After graduating in 1944 from St. Andrews School in Middleton, Del., Mr. Baker enlisted in the Navy. He served at Pearl Harbor on landing craft as a boatswain's mate and later in Manila.

Discharged in 1946, Mr. Baker enrolled at the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1950.

He began his banking career in 1950 as a management trainee at the old Baltimore National Bank, and in 1957, he graduated from the Rutgers University Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Mr. Baker was senior executive vice president and director of Maryland National Bank at the time of his retirement in 1985. He then joined the newly formed Bank of Maryland and served as chairman of its board until it merged in 1990 with Carroll County Bank.

He was president of the Maryland Bankers Association, director of the Maryland Casualty Co. and chairman of Redwood Capital Management Co. From 1983 to 1990, he was chairman of the Automotive Club of Maryland.

Mr. Baker was president of Keswick Multi-Care Center's board for 20 years, where he had been a member for 40 years.

In recognition of his years of work at Keswick, the hospital named a new $12 million building after him on the grounds of its Roland Park campus in 2004.

He was general campaign manager of the United Way of Central Maryland in 1979. He served on the board of St. Paul's School for Girls from 1968 to 1977, and was treasurer and board member of Garrison Forest School from 1962 to 1988. Mr. Baker also served as treasurer of Kennedy Krieger Institute.

He was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Marian Stockton Townsend; a son, Stockton Townsend Baker of Denver; two daughters, Frances Robinson Baker of San Diego and Sandra Stockton Baker of Bethesda; a brother, Dr. R. Robinson Baker of McDonogh; and three grandchildren.