2015 Excellence is Ageless Gala Honorees Announced

Published: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Frank T. Baker and his wife Mary D. Baker, who have been selected by the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation as the 2015 Excellence is Ageless Gala Honorees. This award is presented annually to an individual(s) age 55 and older who has made significant contributions to the community through profession, service, philanthropy or leadership. The award will be presented at the Excellence is Ageless Gala on Friday, April 24 at Heinz Field East Club Lounge.

"We are excited to be receiving this award," Dr. Baker said. "We want to use this as an opportunity to lift up Lutheran SeniorLife, highlight their mission of Abundant Life and to be advocates for their services."

Dr. Baker holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Allegheny College, a master's degree in Biology from Trenton State College and a doctorate in Molecular Genetics from West Virginia University. He is a retired professor of Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and retired owner of Ecotec Laboratory, a water testing company. He has served as the Chairman of the Board at PFC Bank; on the boards of directors at People's Bank of PA and People's Financial Corp.; and on the board of advisors at S&T Bank.

Not only does Dr. Baker currently serve on the Lutheran SeniorLife board of directors, he has also served in various capacities with the following: Thiel College board of directors (Emeritus), the Community Foundation Serving the Heart of Western Pennsylvania, Habitat for Humanity International, Armstrong Habitat for Humanity, St. John's Lutheran Church, Southwestern PA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Lutheran Chautauqua Association.

Mrs. Baker attended Allegheny College and earned a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Throughout her career, she served as a visiting nurse in Philadelphia, instructor of practical nursing at the Lower Bucks County Technical School, a community psychiatric nurse in Armstrong County, a teaching assistant in Community Psychiatric Nursing at West Virginia University and as an office manager for Ecotec Laboratory.

Her volunteer service includes Health Systems Agency, Red Cross blood dives, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Global Missions events, Christian Service International Missions health teams in Haiti, Habitat for Humanity International and Armstrong County, Lutheran Disaster Response for Hurricane Katrina and St. John Lutheran Church.

Dr. and Mrs. Baker are committed to their Lutheran faith and have provided volunteer leadership and financial support to several Lutheran-based organizations including Lutheran SeniorLife, Camp Lutherlyn (The Frank and Mary Baker Music and Worship Center), among others. They also play with the Armstrong Concert Band and sing in the Senior Choir at St. John Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Baker said that, after spending many years as a nurse and through her own family experiences in caring for the elderly, she and Dr. Baker have become "strongly attached and committed" to Lutheran SeniorLife's mission, and appreciate the compassion that is given at every level, regardless of one's financial circumstances.

Despite their years of service to others, the Bakers are humbled to be honored with the Excellence is Ageless Award for their efforts. "We are just trying to do what Jesus taught us to do," Dr. Baker said.

The Bakers have three children - Tracy, Douglas and Kathleen, and seven grandchildren.

 

For more information about the 2015 Excellence is Ageless Gala or to purchase tickets, please contact the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation at (724) 453-6014.

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