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Charles Fitz Baird was American mining and metals company executive. Trustee Marine Corps University Foundation, 1993—2003, Bucknell University, 1969—1993, chairman board trustees, 1976—1982; board advisers Naval War College, 1970—1974; Member Council Foreign Relations, Chevy Chase (Maryland) Club, Maidstone Club (East Hampton, New York ), Bridgehampton Club (New York ).

Background

Baird, Charles Fitz was born on September 4, 1922 in Southampton, New York, United States. Son of George White and Julia (Fitz) Baird.

Education

AB, Middlebury College, Vermont, 1944. Graduate, Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1960. Doctor of Laws, Bucknell University, 1976.

Career

Upon graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in that capacity during World War II and the Korean War. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Baird joined Standard Oil of New Jersey, rising through the ranks to become an executive with postings in London and Paris. President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Baird as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) and he held that office from March 7, 1966 until August 1, 1967.

In 1967, President Johnson nominated Baird as Under Secretary of the Navy and Baird held that post from August 1, 1967 until January 20, 1969. Upon leaving government service in 1969, Baird joined Inco Ltd., working as an executive in New York City and Toronto. From 1977 to 1987, he was INCO's CEO. Baird served on the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University from 1976 to 1982, and in 1986, Bucknell gave Baird an honorary degree.

His alma mater, Middlebury College had similarly conferred an honorary degree on Baird in 1984. At various points, Baird served on the Board of Directors of Aetna, the Bank of Montreal, the Logistics Management Institute, and the Marine Corps University Foundation. Upon retiring from INCO, Baird settled in Bethesda, Maryland.

After a struggle with Alzheimer's disease, Baird died on December 26, 2009, at his home in Skillman, New Jersey.

Achievements

  • A longtime player of platform tennis, he won several Seniors championships, and was inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.

Membership

Trustee Bucknell U., 1969-1995, chairman of the board of trustees, 1976-1982. Board advisers Naval War College, 1970-1974. Captain United States Marine Corps, 1943-1946, 51-52.

Member Council Foreign Rels., Chevy Chase Club (Maryland.), Maidstone Club (East Hampton, New York), Bridgehampton Club (New YorkALSO (SUMMER)Charles Fitz BairdPO Box 421Bridgehampton, New York 11932-0421 M C.

Connections

Married Norma Adele White, September 13, 1947. Children: Susan Baird Creyke, Stephen White, Charles Fitz, Nancy Baird Harwood.

father:
George White Baird

mother:
Julia (Fitz) Baird

spouse:
Norma Adele White

child:
Susan Baird Creyke Baird

child:
Stephen White Baird

child:
Charles Fitz Baird

child:
Nancy Baird Harwood Baird