Former leader of what is now Missouri S&T dies

Dr. Merl Baker as pictured in the 1965 "Rollamo" yearbook.

A former chancellor of a school now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology has died.

Missouri S&T spokeswoman Linda Fulps says Merl Baker of Lexington, Ky., was 89 when he died Wednesday at a hospital in the city. Fulps says Baker's family told her he was experiencing complications from Parkinson's disease.

During Baker's tenure, from 1963 to 1973, he oversaw the establishment of the College of Arts and Sciences, 11 interdisciplinary research centers and a graduate engineering center in St. Louis.

Current Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl Schrader says Baker "helped to transform the campus into a modern research university."

Baker is survived by his wife and two children. An employee at Milward Funeral Directors of Lexington, Ky., says funeral services are scheduled for Aug. 24.