Bruce Baker

Bruce R. Baker

Sunday, July 18th, 1937 - Sunday, May 10th, 2020
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Bruce R. Baker, 82, artist and illustrator, of Marcellus passed away on May 10, 2020. Born in Syracuse, to the late Morse Roy and Gladys Irene (Hilton) Baker, Bruce received a BS in Art Education from New Paltz College, 1959 and a MS in Art Education of Syracuse University, 1966. A veteran of the US Army 1962-64 stationed at Fort Bragg, NC where he met his wife.
Bruce was a Certified NYS Art Teacher teaching at Catskill Public Schools, NY from 1959-62, Cortland City Schools, NY from 1964-66, and the Marcellus Central School District, NY from 1966-1992. He was a private practice artist, illustrator and exhibited in group shows at Artists Central NY-Munson-Williams-Procter Institute, Utica, 1969, NY State Fair, Syracuse, 1973-75, 2004-2007, where he was the recipient of Honorable Mention for sculpture, 1962-64, 1975 and 2004, 1st prize for graphics, 2004, 1st prize for wood, 2006, 1st prize for pastelin, 2006, and Honorable Mention for graphics, 2007. He also exhibited in Cooperstown NY 1974 & 2012, Everson Biennial, Syracuse, 2006; contributing painter Leopold F. Landsberger, N.Y.C., 1979-86; contributing illustrator Firestone Pub. Corp. Miami Lakes, FL, 1982-2001, Spartacus/Centurian, Reno, 1983-2008, Quadriga Art, Inc., N.Y.C. 1993-2012. In his spare time he loved to read and play golf.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of over 50 years, Helen, and his brother, Bryce Baker.
In addition to his sisters, Judith Agan and Beverly Sellmeyer, Bruce is survived by his children; Paul Baker, Suzanne (John) Schweinsburg, Diana (Tom) Finn, and Amy Romano. He also leaves behind his cherished granddaughters Teresa and Laura Finn and Erica Romano.
Per Bruce’s request services will be private for the family.
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Donna Nicholas

Posted at 12:49pm
My deepest sympathies to Paul, Suzanne, Diana and Amy for the loss of your father and my colleague at Marcellus CSD Art Department. For 13 years Bruce was my fellow Art teacher at Driver Middle School. I learned and benefited from his expertise and organization as a beginning teacher. I always enjoyed our annual Art Shows in the middle school gym and seeing you and your Mom appear at the end of the show to help take down. Sending love to you and your families.

Donna Schaefer Nicholas

Paul Cezanne Baker Posted at 12:22pm

Thank You so very much. My sisters and I all have fond memories of You and those Days. Our best wishes to You & Yours. Be Well, Paul Cezanne Baker

David J. Rudari

Posted at 08:02am
Your Father, Grandfather, and Brother was a wonderful Artist and Teacher. With the capable student, he was in his glory. With the less able, he accepted the challenge and helped the student to find success. I think he was in his glory, just in a different way. He encouraged a terrible Visual Artist to try, and to find a way to express himself in the various media in which he was so capable. After numerous attempts, he found one that worked - very basic mechanical drawing - and off I went. The collaborative final project for our class he allowed me and my Best Friend to do was one that was displayed in the Art Show, which earned a good grade, and made me feel good about my interaction with Visual Art, after many years of trying!

While my career has taken me into education and the performing arts, I have used the mechanical skills on more than one occasion with success! I drew a floor plan for a new Music classroom, which an architect understood, developed, and turned into brick and mortar. I taught in that room for four years! I learned how to appreciate the Visual Arts, and how to employ them in ways to enhance my students' and my performances. I subbed in Marcellus for six years as an undergrad and a grad student, until I earned my own teaching position. Every time I subbed in the Middle School, I got to see him, and we chatted - briefly, on most occasions, and had some good exchanges. I even got to see him smile. As I recall, he would encourage us to "bring forth" when creating Art. While I don't "bring forth" in Visual Art, I have learned how to do it in Performance and teaching, and I try very hard to encourage the same in my students. I recall seeing a few pieces of his Art on display, and I was amazed. As a student, I never saw our Teachers' works (except for our Music Teachers). I wish we had seen more of his, for he was truly gifted.

Mr. Baker was a part of a unique Faculty in an exceptional School system. I am grateful for his role in shaping me, and my fellow students to achieve artistic fulfillment. Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss.

Paul Cezanne Baker Posted at 12:29pm

Thank You so very much Mr. Rudari for your kind refection on our Father. I have no doubt he would be humbled by your remembrance here and would claim that any lesson is only as good as the Student who learns from it, makes it. Thank You again & Be Well, Paul Cezanne Baker

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