Gibbs History

  • Susan Baker-Harrison

  • Baker Farm Sign

    Lee Baker Farm (historic sign)

  • Tree Dedication

    Tree Dedication to Honor Legacy of Lee and Myrtle Baker

  • Baker Tribute Wall

    Baker Tribute wall with Susan Baker Harrison and her son, Lee

    Gibbs History
  • Professor Baker

    Professor Baker

This page is dedicated to honor the Baker family for their historical work and contributions to WMU and this site. 

Dr. Lee O. Baker and Mrs. Myrtle Baker moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan and raised their family here in the Gibbs House between 1964 and 1983. Lee Baker was the chair of the Agriculture Department for 23 years and managed the university farm that was formally named in his honor in 1983. 

See the article posted on MyWMU about the Baker Farm 
The Baker Farm

The recently installed tribute wall at the Gibbs House is dedicated to the Baker family for their commitment to fostering a community of learning between WMU students, faculty, and the Kalamazoo community. An endowed scholarship has been established by the family to commemorate the historic use of the site and support the ongoing efforts of the WMU Office for Sustainability and the residents, staff, and students who contribute to research, education, and opportunities to promote a more resilient and sustainable society for all. 

An English Walnut tree in the Gibbs Food Forest is dedicated to honor Lee and Myrtle.  


Susan Baker Harrison: Life on the University Farm
Video interview of Susan Baker Harrison (fall of 2015)