Baker Missing, Presumed Dead

George F. Baker III, an adopted member of the class 1949, disappeared last Thursday afternoon when his twin-engine plane fell off radar about 3 miles from Nantucket airport. Baker was the pilot of the plane and the only person aboard. The Coast Guard called off a rescure effort last Friday after 18 hours of searching yielded only a first-aid kit and tube of aircraft grease.

Baker, whose great-grandfather founded the First National Bank of New York and donated $2 million in 1926 for the construction of Baker Library, gave an additional $3 million to Dartmouth in 1996 for the expansion of the library.

In addition to giving to Dartmouth, Baker’s family helped establish the business school at Harvard, the athletic complex at Columbia, and scholarships at Georgetown.