Obituary: Davis L. Baker Jr., 99, investment banker, Country Club of Darien charter member

Davis L. Baker Jr., a former longtime Darien resident, died a year ago, on May 5, 2011, in Santa Barbara, Calif., after a long period of failing health. He was 99.

He was born in Clifton, N.J., on Aug. 23, 1911, raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, Yale University and Harvard Business School. He retired from the First Boston Corporation in 1975 after a long career in investment banking that included setting up and running the first foreign offices of that company in London and Zurich, 1965-68.

Mr. Baker lived in Darien from 1948-2007, except for the period in London. He read everything and remembered most of it.  He had lifelong interests in antiques, art, architecture, astronomy, golf,  history, economics, geography, medicine, music, sports and unsolved mysteries.  He was a  lifelong member of the St. Elmo Society, charter member of the Country Club of Darien, longtime member of the Noroton Presbyterian Church and the Darien Historical Society.

His wife, Dorothy Maulsby Baker, and his son, Davis L. Baker, III (Skip), predeceased him and he is survived by his daughter, Deborah M. Baker, granddaughters Elizabeth Baker McMillan and Margo Baker Thompson and four great grandsons.