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Baker, Joseph N.

Joseph N. Baker, Jr., a resident of Medfield for the past eight years, and formerly of Westwood (for almost fifty years) and of Great Barrington, died Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at his home in Medfield.  He was 87.  Joseph was born November 19, 1924 in New York City, New York, the son of Joseph N. and Mary (Gallagher) Baker.  He attended Great Barrington High School until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942 when he joined the US Navy.  He was stationed on the USS Sperry, a submarine tender, and on the USS Sculpin, a sargo class submarine that saw action in the South China Sea and the Asiatic Pacific.  On Joseph’s 19th birthday the Sculpin came under a withering depth charge attack from the Japanese destroyer Yamagumo which crippled the sub.  The Sculpin was abandoned and scuttled and the 41 survivors were picked up by the Yamagumo.  After questioning for ten days at the Japanese naval base at Truk Joseph was sent to the Ashio copper mines for the duration of the war until he was liberted from the Japanese prisoner of war camp after VJ Day. He was awarded the Purple Heart.  After the war Joseph finished high school at the Bullis School in Silver Springs, Maryland and earned his Bachelor degree from Dartmouth College.  He started his working career as a banker at the First National Bank of Boston and then at the State Street Bank.  In 1980 he started his own executive search company, JNB Associates, which he ran for twenty years until his retirement in 2000.  Joseph was a member of Orient Lodge AF & AM of Norwood; of Mahded Grotto Shrine in Wilmington; of the Disabled American Veterans; and of the Braeburn Country Club.  Joseph is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anna Louise (Zabaunik) Baker, and his daughter, Pamela Millard, and her husband John, of Dover.  He was the father of the late Kevin M. Baker and the brother of the late Dorothy McGraw.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service with military honors Saturday September 29th at 11 AM at the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675 or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Jack Mechem
    September 27th, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Joe, Rest In Peace….you were a wonderful friend, terrific mentor, and true personal and American hero. I will miss your wisdom, advice, and friendship. Fondly…..jack

  2. Mary Lou Ryan
    September 28th, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    Rest in Peace Mr. Baker. And thank you for your service to our country. Condolences and prayers for his family.

  3. Dave Lowry
    September 28th, 2012 | 7:41 pm

    Dear Louise,
    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Even though time and space have separated us for many years now, I remember Joe fondly. He and my dad (who died 3 years ago) enjoyed their poker nights, and I had (and have) the deepest respect for you as a teacher. Margie joins me in sending you our deepest condolences.
    Dave Lowry

  4. October 1st, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    On behalf the membership of US Submarine Veterans, we mourn his passing and thank him for his service to our nation. His name and service will not be forgotten within our ranks.

  5. jack dezieck
    October 12th, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Louise, Joe always called my Dad and had a drink with him when he came to play in the four-ball tournament at Wyantenuck. He always had a great smile and he and my Dad always had a good laugh together. My condolences on Joe’s passing.

    Jack Dezieck

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