Student, Mark Hopkins Institute, San Francisco and New York.
Professor art, head art department, Mills College, 1940-1957;
professor emeritus, Mills College, from 1957. John Hay Whitney visiting professor Earlham College, 1957-1958. Teacher fine arts California School Fine Arts, San Francisco, 1937-1955.
Acting director, 1940-1944. Member jury of awards Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939, for Paintings of the Year, New York City, 1947.
Member San Francisco Art Association.
Married Helen Trexler Baer, November 19, 1922. Children: Patricia Elizabeth, Robert Baer.