Baptist hospital executive Charles Baker dies at 84

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Charles Baker, 84, died Dec. 21, 2019 at Baptist Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn. Baker served for more than 40-years at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Hospital in Memphis rising to Executive Vice President of the hospital.

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Baker supervised the hospital’s first progressive computer program. Under his direction, Baptist Hospital also merged all of its investments and endowments. In addition to his roles with hospital he worked with the International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, serving as a commissioned Officer during the Korean conflict.

Baker attended Ouachita Baptist University Baker and earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree. He was a member of the ROTC and was commissioned by the university in 1956. Baker received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.

For more than 40 years, Baker was a member of Memphis-area church Germantown Baptist. At Germantown, he served on various committees and as a deacon and teacher. Later in life, he was a member of Covenant Baptist Church in Collierville, Tenn.

Baker is survived by: his wife Joan, the two were married for 64 years; his son Bryan and wife Cynthia residing in Seattle; Stephanie, his granddaughter, in Austin, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside funeral service was held Monday Dec. 23, 2019 at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.

Written by Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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