Dorothie “Pat” Baker, formerly of Danvers, MA, Freedom, NH and Sarasota, FL, age 85, died peacefully at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham, MA on November 2, 2017. She died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, which was diagnosed in 2010. Dorothie was known professionally as “Pat” starting in the 1950’s when her radio and singing career flourished on WHDH as “Pat Dale”. She was full of life, dynamic, bold, indefatigable, generous and kind.
Born in Cambridge, MA on September 19, 1932 to Anita (Low) Kalis and Henry Kalis, . She attended Boston public schools, including Girls Latin School and was a graduate of Brighton High School. The love of her life, Edward M. Baker, formerly of Salem, Danvers and Brookline, MA, Freedom, NH and Sarasota, FL, was her devoted spouse for 62 years until his death on May 31, 2017.
Dorothie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joanna Baker and Joseph Siegel of Brookline, MA, her sister, Florence K. Gans of Newton, MA and her sister-in-law, Muriel Baker-Nevins of Brookline. Her brother, Robert I Kalis of Marblehead, died in July of this year. She will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, cousins, co-workers and dear friends from her forty years as a resident of Danvers and an active member of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
In addition to her career as a singer, broadcaster, and voice-over artist, Ms. Baker was an excellent writer and editor who developed public information campaigns and responded to press inquiries on behalf of the Massachusetts Energy Office, the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. For a time she joined her husband Edward in sales, representing sports and soft goods manufacturers from the United States and Canada. She proudly served as an appointed member of the Judicial Nominating Commission under Governor Michael Dukakis, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Danvers Savings Bank, and was one of the co-founders of the North Shore Women’s Coalition. Her final professional role was as marketing director for what was the Lowell Visiting Nurse Association, now Circle Home health and hospice care. She served on the Town of Danvers School Committee and was an activist who volunteered countless hours to support causes about which she was passionate, including women’s reproductive choice, and the election of Democrats to local, state and national office.
Following burial on Monday, November 6, at 11:00 am at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody, shiva will be observed at the Baker-Siegel residence on Monday 3-6, Tuesday 6-8 and Wednesday 1-3 and 6-8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The American Civil Liberties Union, Emily’s List, the League of Women Voters, or to a charity of your choice.