Robert Allison Baker III ("Bob") was born March 23, 1942, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Robert Allison Baker Jr. and Shirley Mavinee Baker (Allen). He passed away on Oct. 2, 2011, at his home in Meadows Place, Texas. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Bradley Baker. Bob is survived by his wife, Rose; and his children, Susan, Josiah, James ("Jim"), John, Sarah, Heather, Christopher and Brian (and spouses). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; and one great- grandchild, as well as nieces and nephews and their families. Bob Baker graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1960. In 1964 he earned a BA in English from the University of Florida, and an MA in geology in 1965. He completed his education at the University of Texas in 1970, earning a PhD in geology. He made residence in Texas, where he enjoyed a long and successful career in Houston at Exxon, Inc. His most notable career achievement was his "accidental" discovery of the use of Seismic Attributes in oil exploration. Many colleagues in the oil and gas industry considered him to be "The Father of Seismic Attributes." Other than a short two-year stint in Stavanger, Norway, Bob Baker lived the remainder of his life in the Houston area. He enjoyed his work quite a bit, and after retiring in March of 2000, he worked independently up until a couple of months before he passed away. He always said that his family and his religion were the most important things in his life. He said that he longed for the happiness of his children, and he was a faithful member of the LDS church. He will be deeply missed by his family and his friends. The website for the funeral home is: http://www.unityfuneralhome.com/index.php. Submitted by Susan Wooldridge and Jim Baker, in loving memory of our father.
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