George Baker, 85th president, was born on July 23, 1909, in San Saba. He died Sept. 6, 1993, in Pecos County. He was 84.
He was the longtime publisher of the Fort Stockton Pioneer.
Baker attended North Texas Agricultural College (now the University of Texas at Arlington) for two years. After working three years on the Brady Standard, he attended the University of Missouri for two years and graduated in 1930 with a bachelor of journalism.
After a year on the advertising staff of the Big Spring Herald, Baker purchased the Devil’s River News in Sonora and was its publisher until 1934 when he purchased the Fort Stockton Pioneer. He published the Pioneer until Dec. 31, 1970, when he sold his remaining interest to his son, Frank K. Baker, who was TPA president in 1984-85.
He married Emily Nay Brengle in September 1930 and they had seven children. He married his second wife, Nadine Briggs, in 1985.
Baker was president of West Texas Press Association in 1947-48.
He was elected to the Texas Legislature in 1968 and served two terms from 1969 through 1972.