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Obituary: Baxter S. Patrick, Former Dean at Antioch College

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Baxter S. Patrick, born July 26, 1913, and passed away August 12, 2011 in Chapel Hill, NC.

Baxter S. Patrick died peacefully at Carolina Meadows on August 12, three weeks after celebrating his 98th birthday with family and friends. Born in New York City in 1913 as the only child of Scottish immigrant parents who became naturalized U.S. citizens, Baxter enjoyed a life-long passion for music as a violinist. He earned his BA in English at Wesleyan University and an MAT at Columbia University. After teaching high school English for several years, he pursued an administrative career that included service as an FBI agent during WW II, a personnel officer for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, a college dean placing students in cooperative education at Antioch College (OH), the Director of Alumni Relations at Wesleyan University (CT), and a commercial real estate broker and entrepreneur. Baxter married Grace ""Peggy"" Farley in 1940, and they raised three sons (James, Robert, and David). In 1977 they were living in western Connecticut when Peggy succumbed to cancer. In 1983 Baxter moved to Chapel Hill; he joined Carolina Meadows in the community's early years. An avid musician on his own and in ensembles, he strongly supported the North Carolina Symphony and helped lead a fund-raising effort to acquire an Carolina Meadows' first Steinway piano. He loved travel, croquet, music, and introducing people to each other to build community. He is survived by sons James (and Melissa) of Carlisle, MA, Robert (and Martha) of Gumusluk, Turkey, and granddaughter Jessica of Boston, MA.