[sticklist] - TAPS Rev. Dr. Josephine Louisa Redenius Baker, COL USA (Ret.), '94H,
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Fri Nov 22 09:50:25 CST 2013
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Valley Forge Military Academy & College mourns the loss of Rev. Dr. Josephine Louisa Redenius Baker, COL USA (Ret.), '94H, who passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
As the former Josephine L. Redenius, Dr. Baker came to Valley Forge Military Academy & College in 1967 as the Director of Public Relations and Development. She had recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 24 years in the Women's Army Corps (WACS). She was one of the first of 200 commissioned women in the Regular Army. Her career in the Army took her around the world. She visited 16 countries in Africa, and 13 in Asia. She joked that the only two places on Earth that she had not visited were the North and South Poles. Her military career took her from serving in the Manhattan District Counter-Intelligence Corps, to being lexicographer for the first volume of atomic terms; Secretary General Staff in Armed Forces, Far East; Public Information Officer in the Pentagon; Chief of WAC Recruiting; and Information Liaison Officer for the U.S. Army also in the Pentagon. In 1967 when she retired, she had become the second highest ranking woman officer in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Baker received her first MA from American University in 1963 and her second MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1981. Her MDiv followed in 1984 from Eastern Baptist Theological School, and finally in 1990 the Reverend Dr. Josephine Louise Redenius Baker received her Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological School.
In a 2005 interview with Dr. Baker, she remarked that Lieutenant General Milton Baker was the most dynamic individual she had ever met - a real power broker. The living testimony to that statement is the very existence of Valley Forge itself. In the 1960s, LTG Baker and LTC Josephine Louise Redenius, and an organization of WACS were part of an effort to push a resolution passed Congress making women eligible for the same ranks in the military as men. They were successful. On December 5, 1970, they married.
Following the 1976 passing of Lieutenant General Milton H. Baker, USA (Ret.), TAPS, Dr. Baker lived for many years in the Tower House where she worked in her garden, painted, played the piano, and fashioned the beautiful stained glass windows that are still displayed today.
William R. Floyd, Jr. Chairman of the Board of Trustees commented on the passing of Dr. Baker, "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our founder's wife, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this time."
Dr. Baker is survived by Joyce Morrow, niece; John Morrow, nephew; Joanne Vereneck, niece; Cheryl Legler, niece; Ron Redenius; nephew; Theodore Redenius; brother; and Emma Morrow, sister.
The private funeral service for Dr. Josephine Louisa Redenius Baker, COL USA (Ret.), '94H will be held for her family, where she will be laid to rest. A Public Memorial Service will be held at Valley Forge Military Academy & College at the Alumni Memorial Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, Monday, December 2, 2013. Guests will be received from 10:00-11:00AM, and the service will begin at 11:00AM.
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