In Memoriam: T&DI Staff, Andrea Baker
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our friend and colleague, Andrea Baker, passed away on January 12, 2017. Andrea had served ASCE's Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) since its establishment in 2002, and had become the face of the Institute over the years. Her warmth and charm, and her pleasant demeanor had won her many friends at ASCE. We at ASCE Engineering Programs will miss her jovial presence in the Institute hallways, at ASCE events, and at informal huddles - stories from her gardening adventures to early morning walks - and of course, her joyous pride in the progress of her most beloved grandkids. She had been a source of joy to many of us and had a special place in our hearts. Staff members from every department of ASCE are left with countless memories of our pleasant interactions with her. She will continue to remain in our thoughts and prayers.
We are also touched by the outpouring of condolences from T&DI members who have experienced Andrea's excellent member service since the launch of the Institute. She took pride in being a "people's person," and thoroughly enjoyed her role as the first point-of-contact for T&DI members. She treated every member like family, and made their requests her utmost priority. Her absence from the Institute will be truly missed.
Andrea was born on April 7, 1955, to parents Paul and Millie Collins, who preceded her in death. She was a true northern Virginian, living in Arlington, McLean, Great Falls, and Sterling before settling down in Herndon, where she resided for over 31 years. She was a 1973 graduate of Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School and attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She is survived by her twins from her marriage to Christopher H. Baker, son, Michael C. Baker (Erin) of Richmond and daughter, Shannon Baker Denholm (Kevin), of Charlotte, NC, as well as four grandchildren, Jack, Luke, Katherine and Mark Denholm. She also leaves her brother, Paul J. Collins (Renee); and sister, Karen Easton (Rich); as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her final resting place will be near her parents at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. Her family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, or the Washington DC Humane Society.