Sunday, May 22, 2005

Dr. John Baker

John C. Baker, a medical doctor, was born in Clay County, Kentucky, and practiced medicine in Berea for 36 years. He married Mattye Belle Kincaid. They had a son, William B. Baker, an orthodontist, and a daughter, Kay Mills. Dr. Baker had five brothers, Hugh, Bill, Lawrence, Jim and Tom Baker, and a sister, Laura Little.

Dr. Baker attended the Berea Academy and the University of Louisville before earning his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis. He began his practice in San Angelo, Texas, and then moved to Mount Vernon, Kentucky, before finally establishing his medical practice in Berea, Kentucky where he shared offices with Dr. Dwight Blackburn and Dr. Carl Kesner. Dr. Baker is credited with delivering over 10,000 babies in and around Berea during his career.

He received the Berea Lions Club's Most Valuable Citizen award, and was honored by the Kentucky Medical Association in 1966 as the General Practitioner of the Year. He was a Mason, a member of the Berea Lions Club and the Berea Baptist Church. He died June 25, 1973 and is buried in the Berea Cemetery.

See Berea Citizen, 28 Jun 1973.

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