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Hollis Baker

business executive

Hollis Baker, business executive. Member N.A.M. (member international relations committee), Newcomen Society of England, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Alpha Pi.

Background

Baker, Hollis was born on October 31, 1888 in Hamilton, Michigan, United States. Son of Siebe and Dora Frances (Bixby) Baker.

Education

Student Olivet (Michigan) College, 1905-1906. Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1910.

Career

1 son, Hollis MacLure. With Baker & Company and successor company, furniture manufacturers, since 1910, secretary-treasurer, 1913, president 1925, Chairman of the Board Baker Furniture, Inc. and subsidiaries, 1953-1961, chairman of the executive committee, since 1961. Established (with associate) Exhibitors Building, Inc.

1945, now president; president Williams Kimp Furniture Company. Founder Baker Museum Furniture Research. Consultant Europe for American embassy furnishings State Department, foreign buildings operation, 1948-1949.

Member War Production Board industry committee, 1942-1946. Member board OPA, 1942-1946. Member United States Government Trade Mission, Japan from Commerce Department, 1955.

Past trustee Parsons School Design, New York City Past director National Association Furniture Manufacturers, Grand Rapids Market Association Board of directors Netherlands Museum, Holland, Michigan. Past president Grand Rapids Art Gallery. Past trustee Blodgett Hospital, Kendall Art School, Grand Rapids.

Past director Civic Players, Grand Rapids.

Works

  • Author: The Baker Guide to Good Furniture. Furniture in the Ancient World.

Membership

Member N.A.M. (member international relations committee), Newcomen Society of England, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Alpha Pi. Clubs: University, Kent Country, Peninsular (Grand Rapids).

Connections

Married Ruth MacLure, June 16, 1915.

father:
Siebe Baker

mother:
Dora Frances (Bixby) Baker

spouse:
Ruth MacLure