More than 700 people paid tribute to Senator Howard H Baker Jr. on Monday on the UT campus. The alumnus and veteran died Thursday at his home in Huntsville, Tennessee. Yesterday his casket—draped in an American flag—was placed at the center of the rotunda of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker’s family gathered to greet friends, elected and appointed leaders, and many admirers throughout the day.
Howard Baker News
Senator Howard H. Baker Jr.’s body will lie in state at the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30. Parking for the public and the media will be available in the White Avenue Garage, located on the corner of Sixteenth Street and White Avenue, just behind Clement Hall. Shuttles from the garage to the Baker Center will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pickup will be along White Avenue.
Howard H. Baker Jr., former US senator and founder of UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, died on Thursday, June 26. He was eighty-eight. Baker earned his law degree from the UT in 1949. The Baker Center was founded in 2003 as a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement. Baker received the university’s first honorary doctorate in spring 2005.
Today we learned of the passing of Senator Howard H. Baker. “Our country has lost a great statesman and a great Tennessean,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Senator Baker will live on in our hearts forever as a man who believed that government was to serve the people.”
Knoxville News Sentinel political cartoonist Charlie Daniel will be honored on May 17 at a luncheon hosted by the Baker Center at the UT Knoxville. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost is $15, and reservations must be made by May 14. A small exhibit of Daniel’s work will be on display in the Baker Center rotunda.
Professor Matt Murray, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT Knoxville, has been appointed director of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will begin immediately. Murray, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business, will take the place of Carl Pierce, who has directed the center since June 2009.
Legendary broadcaster Carl Kasell, scorekeeper of National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me…,” and Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. will join UT Knoxville representatives to celebrate the 60th anniversary of WUOT at a by-invitation reception and program on March 16.