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Da Vinci Science Center Pays Tribute to Benefactor Dexter BakerNovember 7, 2012
ALLENTOWN, Pa., November 7, 2012 – The Da Vinci Science Center issued a statement today in tribute to former Air Products CEO Dexter F. Baker, who passed away on Nov. 1, 2012, at the age of 85.
Dexter Baker and his wife, Dorothy, have been substantial supporters of the Da Vinci Science Center. Their foundation, the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, is the presenting sponsor of the What Works? area of the Center’s exhibit floor. The foundation was honored in May with the Da Vinci Science Center 2012 Hall of Fame Spirit of Verrocchio Award for Outstanding Mentorship.
Dexter Baker’s last visit to the Da Vinci Science Center was on Oct. 5, 2012, for a VIP reception celebrating the opening of the world-famous Bodies Revealed exhibition and the start of the Center’s Year of the Human Body project with St. Luke’s University Health Network.
The statement was written by Troy A. Thrash, Da Vinci Science Center Executive Director and CEO, and Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D., the Center’s Chairman and a former Air Products executive. The statement is as follows:
“Dexter Baker’s positive impact on science and technology education is visible throughout the Lehigh Valley. His participation and contributions to the Da Vinci Science Center, Lehigh University, and other educational programs will be providing benefits to our community for many years to come. He will be greatly missed, but his spirit and passion for math, science, and entrepreneurship education will live on. The beneficiaries of his vision are the many students excited by the instruction and experiences they received and the future success they will have to share with others, just as Dexter Baker has shared his own experiences throughout his life.”
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