Thomas Alexander Baker, MD, aged 90, of Saginaw, Michigan, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the St. Francis Home of Saginaw.
He was born in April 1932, the son of Albert and Patricia (Mahoney) Baker in Lansing, MI.
He married the love of his life, Ophelia (Palevich) Baker on December 26, 1956, while they were in their freshman year of medical school at Wayne State University. Thomas graduated from Resurrection High School in Lansing, Michigan in 1950. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and Wayne State University for medical school, graduating in 1958. Thomas and Ophelia ran a family practice together in Freeland and later in West Branch. He completed a dermatology course through Henry Ford Hospital in 1972 and then had a long dermatology practice in Saginaw, MI, until his retirement in 1994.
Thomas and Ophelia raised six children in Freeland before retiring to Gladwin, where they divided their time between homes in Sugar Springs and Sun City, Arizona. Thomas loved baseball and coached his sons in baseball, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and playing cards.
Thomas is predeceased by his parents; his wife of 63 years; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and John Engelgau; and his son.
He leaves behind his six children, Thomas Jr. (Kathleen) from Troy, MI, Michael Sr. (Valerie) of West Point, New York, Patrick (Donna) of Hillsboro, Oregon, Christopher (Wendy) of Chandler, Arizona, Jean (Maxwell) McDonald of Gladwin, MI, and Anne of Freeland, MI. His children blessed him with 12 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Michael Jr., Rebecca, Pamela, Katherine, Jackson, Brenna, Gabrielle, Hunter, Maxwell Jr, Kathleen, and Duncan. He was also blessed with ten great-grandchildren, Gabriela, Ophelia, Everett, Gabrielle, Virginia, Fischer, Baker, Ainsley, Daniel, and Ezra.
In honor of the family’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Agnes Catholic Church, St. Francis Home of Saginaw, Southern Care Hospice, or a charity of your choice.
Funeral services have taken place.