Hugh P. Baker


Hugh Potter Baker
Half-length portrait of a bespectacled man in a suit and bow-tie sitting at a desk, he is looking intently at a piece of paper on top of a small stack of others. Another stack sits in front of him to his left. A clock sits on a mantle behind him with a small picture frame and several books, to its right is a window which fills the room with soft light.
Hugh P. Baker c. 1938
President of Massachusetts State College (now the University of Massachusetts Amherst)
In office
Dean of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University
In office
Personal details
BornJanuary 20, 1878
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
DiedMay 24, 1950(1950-05-24) (aged 72)
Orlando, Florida
Spouse(s)Fleta Paddock 1904–1928
Richarda Sahla 1929–1950
Alma materMichigan Agricultural College (B.S.)
Yale University (M.F.)
University of Munich (D.Oec.)

Hugh Potter Baker (January 20, 1878 – May 24, 1950)[1] was a graduate of the Michigan State College of Agriculture; Yale's School of Forestry (M.F., 1904); and the University of Munich (Ph.D., Economics, 1910). He was the second and fourth Dean of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, from 1912 to 1920 and 1930 to 1933.

Baker previously had worked with Gifford Pinchot at the United States Bureau of Forestry and Forest Service (1901–04). Immediately before coming to Syracuse, Baker was Professor of Forestry at the Pennsylvania State College.[2]

After his second stint as Dean of the College of Forestry, Baker went on to become President of Massachusetts State College (1933–47), presently known as the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Selected works

  • "The Prairie Farmer and Forestry" (1907)
  • "Some Forestry Problems of the Prairies of the Middle West" (1908)
  • "Native and Planted Timber of Iowa" (1908)
  • "Forestry and Its Relation to Horticulture" (1908)
  • "Why Pennsylvania Needs Forestry" Forest Leaves, Vol. XII (1909)
  • "The Third Conservation Congress Held at Kansas City, Missouri" (1911)
  • "Syracuse University and the City of Syracuse" (1914)
  • "Forestry and Reconstruction in New York" (1919)
  • "The Manufacture of Pulp and Paper as an American Industry" (1920)
  • "Fundamental Silvicultural Measures Necessary to Insure Forest Lands Remaining Reasonably Productive After Logging", co-authored by Edward F. McCarthy, Journal of Forestry, Vol. XVIII (1920)


Baker Laboratory, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, New York


  1. ^ Hannan, C. (2008). Wisconsin Biographical Dictionary. Native Amer Books. p. 22. ISBN 9781878592637. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  2. ^ Yale University. Dept. of Forestry; Yale University. School of Forestry (1913). Biographical Record of the Graduates and Former Students of the Yale Forest School: With Introductory Papers on Yale in the Forestry Movement and the History of the Yale Forest School. Yale Forest School. p. 67. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  3. ^ "Baker Laboratory," SUNY-ESF website. Accessed: 20 August 2018.

External links

  • Archives from Hugh Baker's tenure as Dean of the New York State College of Forestry, located in the Archives of the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry
Academic offices
Preceded by Dean of the New York State College of Forestry
1912 - 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dean of the New York State College of Forestry
1930 - 1933
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of Massachusetts State College
1933 - 1947
Succeeded by
Ralph Van Meter