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Norman Baker – In Memoriam

It is with deep sympathy that we share with you news of the sudden passing of our esteemed Fellow National Norman Baker.

At the age of 89, Norman was flying solo, piloting his single-engine plane on the way to a Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont when tragically, his plane crashed.

Elected to the Club in 1970, Norman served on the Membership Committee, and was elected to the Board of Directors on multiple occasions (2002, 2005, and 2008).

He will forever be remembered as the Celestial Navigator, Radioman and Second-in-Command on three historic reed boat expeditions (Ra, Ra II and Tigris), all captained by Explorers Club Member (‘42) and Explorers Club Medal Winner (‘79), Thor Heyerdahl.

In addition to Norman’s many accomplishments, he participated in numerous Flag Expeditions, including ones to Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Thailand.

We all join in saluting Norman’s extraordinary achievements and extend our deepest condolences to his family. A memorial service is being planned at Club Headquarters, and we will share details as they become available.

Published by : Kevin Murphy

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