Donor Profile: Liam ’93 and Katie ’94 Baker

Donor Profile: Liam ’93 and Katie ’94 Baker

Profession
“Fairfield produces engineers who know how to speak and write,” said Liam Baker ’93, who majored in mechanical engineering. These skills are important because a lot of real-world work in engineering is not just designing and drafting, but “presenting, selling, and communicating.” After graduation, Liam worked at Con Edison and went to law school at Pace University in the evenings. He is now vice president of Regulatory Affairs for U.S. Power Generating Company in Stamford, Conn. “My work is fun,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot and done a lot of different things in my field. I’m very lucky.”

Liam’s wife Katie ’94, a pediatrician, also feels as though she’s been “blessed.” Katie majored in biology and was a basketball player while at Fairfield. She now coaches her daughters’ recreational team.

“Fairfield taught me the importance of contributing to your community, giving back, and the value of relationships,” she said. After medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency at Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania, Liam and Katie moved to Trumbull, Conn. Katie now has her own pediatric practice. “Having my own practice has allowed me the flexibility I need to comfortably develop my practice while maintaining time for my own family and children.”

Liam and Katie met when she moved into Loyola Hall as a freshman, and they’ve been together ever since. They were married in 1998, and have three daughters (l-r): Deirdre (2), Colleen (6), and Rosemary (8).

Most Influential Fairfield Faculty
Katie: “Dr. Don Ross was my pre-med advisor. He encouraged us to explore. He was so open and available and supportive, and he knew so much about the education we were getting – how valuable it was – and how to parlay it.”

Liam: “Father (Thomas) Regan was the Jesuit on our floor in Loyola and a great resource. His course in Modern Philosophy was the hardest B+ I ever got. He made everything interesting.”

First Gift to Fairfield
$100 in 2002

Most Recent Gift to Fairfield
Liam and Katie were inspired by another annuity donor. Their deferred payment gift annuity provides them with an immediate federal income tax deduction and an income stream at a predetermined time in the future, when they are beyond their peak earning years – thus it is a source of supplementary retirement income for them. The annuity also allows the Bakers to leave a legacy at Fairfield – the residuum of which will augment the Christopher Slattery ’92 Scholarship endowment, established in memory of an alumnus who died on September 11, 2001.

Also Supports

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation (pediatric cancer research)
  • Long Hill Volunteer Fire Department (Liam is a volunteer fireman)
  • Fordham University Prep School

“At Fairfield we both learned what you need to know in order to keep learning all our lives. How we grew and developed at Fairfield translated directly into our work lives. It taught us the importance of balance – in both work and home. And the importance of friendship. We’re still close friends with people we met at Fairfield more than 15 years ago. We wanted to support this kind of education and network for other students.”