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Baker, Luther president, dies

Jeffrey D. Baker, the eighth president of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, died March 22 after a 10-month battle with lung cancer.

Baker, 57, was Luther's president from 1996 until March 19, when he left office due to declining health.

Before coming to Luther, Baker served from 1993 to 1996 as commissioner of higher education for the Montana University System. He oversaw the operation of six four-year institutions, five colleges of technology and the Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program.

From 1984 to 1987 he was associate professor of economics and business at Carroll College, Helena, Mont. He returned to the school as dean and vice president for academic affairs (1988 to 1993).

Baker earned degrees from the U.S. Air Force Academy; Arizona Sate University, Tempe; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and three children.


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