Donald Baker, 90, a longtime professor of climatology at the University of Minnesota, died March 10. A 1941 graduate of Murray High School, Donald earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Minnesota, where he established the climate observatory on the St. Paul campus in 1960. He was honored in 1984 by then Gov. Rudy Perpich for his research into the state’s wind energy potential. He received a lifetime achievement award in 2005 for his 37 years on the U’s faculty at the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline. He is survived by his son, William, and a grandson, James. A funeral was held on March 17 at St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church. Burial will be held at a later date in Wellman, Iowa.

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