Clyde N. Baker, Jr., 1930-2022

Clyde N. Baker, Jr. (1930-2022)

Our profession has lost a “geotechnical giant” in Clyde N. Baker Jr., P.E., S.E. Clyde had a long career at STS Consultants and GEI Consultants and was the recipient of numerous awards, as summarized below by DFI.

Clyde was a giant in geotechnical engineering, who has been recognized with many awards over his years of designing foundations to support iconic tall structures,” says Theresa Engler, DFI executive director. “He graced the cover of the Engineering News-Record (ENR) after winning its Award of Excellence, as well as receiving the American Society of Civil Engineers OPAL Award, Ralph B. Peck Award, Martin S. Kapp Award, serving as the Terzaghi Lecturer and receiving DFI’s Distinguished Service Award. But what I remember most was his generous spirit in sharing his knowledge with other industry professionals and his genuine kindness and altruism.

The DFI created the Clyde N. Baker Jr. Foundation Engineering Scholarship Fund to honor his legacy. That scholarship will live on as a fitting tribute to this great man.

The Geo-Institute interviewed Clyde for their Geo-Legends series at the beginning of the year as well. See below.