Hugh P. Baker

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Hugh Potter Baker
Half-length portrait of a bespectacled man in a suit and bow-tie sitting at a desk, he is looking intently at a piece of paper on top of a small stack of others. Another stack sits in front of him to his left. A clock sits on a mantle behind him with a small picture frame and several books, to its right is a window which fills the room with soft light.
Hugh P. Baker c. 1938
President of Massachusetts State College (now the University of Massachusetts Amherst)
In office
Dean of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University
In office
Personal details
Born May 20, 1878
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Died May 24, 1950(1950-05-24) (aged 72)
Orlando, Florida
Spouse(s) Fleta Paddock 1904–1928
Richarda Sahla 1929–1950
Alma mater Michigan Agricultural College (B.S.)
Yale University (M.F.)
University of Munich (D.Oec.)
Religion Presbyterian

Hugh Potter Baker (January 20, 1878 – May 24, 1950)[1] was a graduate of the Michigan State College of Agriculture; Yale's School of Forestry (M.F., 1904); and the University of Munich (Ph.D., Economics, 1910). He was the second and fourth Dean of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, from 1912 to 1920 and 1930 to 1933.

Baker previously had worked with Gifford Pinchot at the United States Bureau of Forestry and Forest Service (1901–04). Immediately before coming to Syracuse, Baker was Professor of Forestry at the Pennsylvania State College.[2]

After his second stint as Dean of the College of Forestry, Baker went on to become President of Massachusetts State College (1933–47), presently known as the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Selected works[edit]


Baker Laboratory, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, New York


  1. ^ Hannan, C. (2008). Wisconsin Biographical Dictionary. Native Amer Books. p. 22. ISBN 9781878592637. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  2. ^ Yale University. Dept. of Forestry; Yale University. School of Forestry (1913). Biographical Record of the Graduates and Former Students of the Yale Forest School: With Introductory Papers on Yale in the Forestry Movement and the History of the Yale Forest School. Yale Forest School. p. 67. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 

External links[edit]

  • The Archives from Hugh Baker's tenure as Dean of the New York State College of Forestry are located in the Archives of the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry

Academic offices
Preceded by
William L. Bray
Dean of the New York State College of Forestry
1912 - 1920
Succeeded by
F. Franklin Moon
Preceded by
Nelson C. Brown
Dean of the New York State College of Forestry
1930 - 1933
Succeeded by
Samuel N. Spring
Preceded by
Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
President of the University of Massachusetts Amherst
1933 - 1947
Succeeded by
Ralph Van Meter