Robert J. Baker, PhD (1942-2018)

We are very saddened to report that Dr. Robert J. Baker, 75, passed away on Friday, March 30th. 

Dr. Baker was the key figure in the establishment, growth, and development of the Natural Science Research Laboratory from 1972 until his retirement in 2015.  In addition to his role in the history of the NSRL, we want to recognize Robert’s contributions to the discipline of mammalogy, to education, to Texas Tech University, and to all of our lives.  Dr. Baker will be missed by his many students, colleagues, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Natural Science Research Laboratory Fund for Excellence, the Bobby Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund, or planting a tree in remembrance of Robert's own passion for tree-planting. Instructions for donating can be found here.

Please keep Laura and the Baker family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

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The Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) is a division of the Museum of Texas Tech University committed to the mission of building and preserving a library of our planet's natural heritage for education and research purposes.  The NSRL has been recognized as a leader in the development and use of innovative methodologies for biological collections care and data management.


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