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91st General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, It is with profound sorrow that the  members  of
 3    this  august  body have learned of the death of Greg Baker of
 4    Chicago, Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, Greg  Baker,  a  native  of  Iowa,  grew  up  in
 6    Homewood,  Illinois,  where  he  was  an All-State swimmer at
 7    Homewood Flossmoor High  School  and  later  an  All-American
 8    swimmer at Denison University; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Greg received a master's degree in English from
10    DePaul University; and

11        WHEREAS, Greg left a lasting impact on countless students
12    during  twenty-nine  years  of  teaching  and  serving  as  a
13    swimming coach at the Latin School of Chicago; and

14        WHEREAS,  Greg  won  numerous  teaching  awards,  was   a
15    published  author,  and  coached  eleven  conference champion
16    swimming teams; and

17        WHEREAS, Greg was one of the  most  popular  and  beloved
18    instructors at the Latin School, and almost every student who
19    passed  through  the  school  during Greg's twenty-nine years
20    took one of his English classes, and  the  bravest  of  those
21    students were enriched by taking his classes on James Joyce's
22    book, "Ulysses"; and

23        WHEREAS,  Greg  brought  out  the  best  in his students,
24    challenging them to achieve their utmost potential; and

25        WHEREAS, Greg also demanded the best effort from himself,
26    and  his  demand  for  excellence  grew  stronger  after   he
27    sustained a spinal cord injury in a 1968 automobile accident;
28    and

29        WHEREAS,  Greg enjoyed spending his leisure time with his
30    wife,  Gail  Connelly;  they  collected  wine,  cultivated  a
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 1    beautiful garden, and relaxed listening to reggae music; and

 2        WHEREAS, Greg is survived by his wife, Gail Connelly; his
 3    mother, Ardell Arthur; his sister, Gayle  Spruance;  and  his
 4    brother-in-law, David Spruance; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Greg  will  long  be  remembered  as  a  man of
 6    intelligence, wit, compassion, and courage  who  touched  the
 7    lives of everyone he encountered; therefore, be it

 9    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the  passing
10    of  Greg Baker, who truly lived an extraordinary life; and be
11    it further

12        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
13    presented to his wife, mother, and sister as an expression of
14    our sorrow at his untimely and sudden passing.

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