He rose from director of clinical services at the Naval Center in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s to become the center's commanding officer from 1977 to 1979. "He loved it," said his daughter, Ricki Kallish.
Dr. Baker later served as a professor at Jefferson Medical College and Hahnemann University, where he also helped direct the obstetrics and gynecology departments. At Hahnemann, he was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award in 1990 and 1991.
He was a past president of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia. He spoke and published widely.
Born in Monroe, Utah, he graduated from the University of Utah in 1952 and received his medical degree in 1956. He interned at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., followed by a residency at the Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington.
"He was a very professional guy who enjoyed the organizational side of the military. But he also had a mischievous side - a good sense of humor. He was family-oriented. We did everything together," Kallish said. "He was just Daddy."
Besides Kallish, Dr. Baker is survived by daughters Lori Balajthy and Allison; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Marilynn Sage Baker, died in 2006. Funeral services and burial were private.
Donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Box 96172, Washington, D.C. 20090. The organization supports military families.