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Doyle Baker receives Honorary Degree from Cumberlands


Williamsburg, KY., - During commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented Mr. Doyle Baker with the Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree.

A. Doyle Baker was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky to George Mentle Baker and Martha Harriett Mills Baker.

Baker was graduated as class president in 1944 from Nancy High School in Nancy, Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Kentucky.

He joined the Kentucky Utilities (KU) Company in Lexington, Kentucky in February, 1950 as an Electrical Engineer.

In 1951, with a leave of absence from KU, Mr. Baker enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Electronics and Radar schools as Instructor until he was released from the Air Force in 1953 as First Lieutenant. He resumed work at KU in 1953 until he retired in 1992 as Vice President. During his career at KU he served in the application of computers to engineering problems. At the request of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky, on several occasions he taught special senior and graduate level courses in electrical engineering.

Baker has served as a member of the following: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; Bluegrass Kiwanis Club; Baptist Foundation serving Baptist Hospitals of Kentucky, Inc., and as a Trustee at University of the Cumberlands.

He has been a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington since 1947 where he has served as a Sunday School teacher, Training Union Director, Deacon and Chairman of Deacons, Chairman of Building Committee, Audio and Lighting Committee, Boy Scout Committee and Sanctuary Choir member.

Baker and his wife of 63 years, Marian Purdy Baker, have two children, Paul Alan Baker and Patricia Anne Baker; three grandchildren, Chase Cobb, Aaron Cobb and Aubrey Cobb; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Cobb, Braelyn Cobb and Leighton Cobb, children of Chase and Ashley Barr Cobb.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit