James Baker, PhD

James Baker, PhD



Emeritus – Education

Jim enlisted in the Army and graduated from Infantry School in 1951. He was certified as a Parachutist and Jumpmaster. He served in the Korean War as a First Lieutenant in the Third Infantry division’s 15th regiment. While serving as a Platoon Leader under hostile fire in the famous Outpost Harry battle, he led his men into trenches, set up a defense and administered aid to the wounded. He refused to leave his outpost until he was assured it was safe from further attack. For his leadership and bravery, he was awarded The Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star in Korea. For additional acts of heroism, he also received the Bronze Star Medal and the Greek War Cross.

After the war, Jim focused on his education and received both his B.S. and M.A. from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Secondary School Administration from the University of Iowa. He later earned an additional M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University.

His degrees led to a remarkable life with a variety of careers. Jim taught English and Journalism at Argo Community High School and then became Superintendent of Argo Community School District 217. Next, he was a Professor of Education and Psychology for almost 40 years at Benedictine University. He was especially proud of the student teachers he helped place in local schools. While teaching, Jim started his own company, CES, Inc., authored several publications and even owned a bookstore. Toward the end of his career, Jim was a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, focusing on marriage and family therapy.

Dr. James F. Baker, aged 90, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2021.

(Information taken from Powel Funeral Directors)