BASS HARBOR - Christina "Tina" Looper Baker, 73, died Jan. 18, 2013, at Mount Desert Island Hospital after complications following a stroke. Tina, a teacher and social activist, was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Gastonia, N.C.
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A graduate of Furman University - Bachelor of Arts degree; Duke University - Master of Arts in Teaching; and The Union Institute - doctorate, she was married to William Baker for 51 years and they had four daughters. Tina taught English and women's studies in the University of Maine system for 25 years and received the Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award. She was a member of the Maine House of Representatives for three terms and served on the New England Board of Higher Education. Her books include "In a Generous Spirit," a first-person biography of labor leader Myra Page, and "The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk About Living Feminism."
She is survived by her husband; her four daughters, Christina, Cynthia, Clara and Catherine; 13 grandchildren; and her siblings, Burdine and Nancy. She was predeceased by her brother, William.
A service will be held 9:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor. A fund has been established in Tina's honor at Bass Harbor Memorial Library, P.O. Box 99, Bernard, ME 04612.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 19, 2013