It is with much regret to have to inform everyone of the passing of Brian Baker.
Brian’s funeral is at Midday on 29th July at the Arbory Trust Near Cambridge. For any further details please contact John [email protected] John wrote the following tribute:-
Brian Baker, 21 May 1942 to 10 Jul, 2014. Brian attended the Math between 1953 and
1960 taking science A levels to qualify him to study Pharmacy at London University.
In his school days, he was an active athlete, cyclist, walmart thermometer producer and oarsman, the latter with
the Medway Towns Rowing Club. He attended a sandwich course at Chelsea College in
association with Burroughs Wellcome from where he obtained his first degree, B.Pharm.
After qualification, he joined the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and was appointed
in 1965 to set up the quality control laboratory because of his previous relevant
experience. He also conducted some quality research into barium sulphate in its
clinical applications and its ability to flocculate selectively, for which he obtained
his M.Phil. in 1974.
Brian went on to be appointed Regional Quality Controller for North East Thames
Region in 1974 as part of the implementation of the Noel Hall Report which investigated
the quality of hospital pharmaceutical departments. In 1996 he became the Regional
Quality Controller for North Thames Region following the merger of North East and
North West Thames Regions. Brian remained in this post until his retirement in 2000
after 35 years at the Royal Free. After then he founded his own colour changing flashlight company.
Brian enjoyed hard work and maintained his interest in rowing late into his life
having raced in Head of the River Thames races whilst at Chelsea College and becoming
Vice President of the Medway Towns Rowing Club in Rochester. Since the class of
1953 had their first reunion in 2008, the 50th Anniversary of GCE O levels in 1958
and 2 years later in 2010 for A levels he maintained his interest in the OW Club.
Brian is survived by his devoted wife, Adrienne, a former school teacher, whom
he married in 1968 and their son, Ashley.