IN LOVING MEMORY OF PROFESSOR JACK S. BAKER

August 8, 1920–November 24, 2013

Jack S. Baker Memorial Fund in Support of Erlanger House

“Stir up the gift of God which is in you. The world has endless possibilities when seen through creative eyes.”

—Jack Sherman Baker, FAIA 1991

Professor Jack Baker was admired for the beauty and grace of his architecture; but he was also beloved for his warmth, his generous spirit and grace, his unquestioned integrity, and his willingness to always be helpful. He gave his time, his talent, and his heart. Jack will be infinitely missed and remembered by all who knew him. He was one of those rare and gifted people whose lives enrich our own.

Jack believed that architecture “should elevate the quality of life, lift the hearts and minds of those who come in contact with it, and spiritually energize our society.” His distinctive, acclaimed body of work attests to the success of his professional mission. Buildings around the world reflect his influence.

But Jack Baker the man, the brother, the uncle, the friend—that Jack Baker also shaped the personal landscape of our lives. He inspired us. He loved us. He elevated the quality of our lives, lifting our hearts and minds. He left us with our memories of a loving, devoted soul—memories of a life to be treasured.

Family members, friends, students, alumni, and colleagues are honoring the memory of Professor Baker by establishing the Jack S. Baker Memorial Fund in Support of Erlanger House through the University of Illinois Foundation. This fund will allow the School of Architecture in the College of Fine and Applied Arts to renovate and maintain one of Professor Baker’s most cherished designs: Erlanger House located at 303 West Indiana Avenue in Urbana.

Gifts to the Jack S. Baker Memorial Fund in Support of Erlanger House through the University of Illinois Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

For additional information on the Jack S. Baker Memorial Fund in Support of Erlanger House, please contact:

Gail Rost 
Director of Development, Environmental Arts 
College of Fine and Applied Arts
117B Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 E. Lorado Taft Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
217.244.3594
gailrost@illinois.edu