Dr. Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth Renwick Baker, MD died peacefully on August 30, 2021, at her home in Columbia SC. She was born Sept. 24, 1949, in Washington DC to the late Dr. Ralph Parr Baker and Elizabeth Renwick Baker. She spent her youth in Newberry and was valedictorian of her high school class. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Duke University, followed by an MD from Duke Univ School of Medicine in 1975. After a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke from 1975-79, she was Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Baker completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at the Medical University of South Carolina, becoming Board Certified in this subspecialty in 1984. She entered the field of academic medicine and served as an Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn and REI at Hershey Medical Center/Penn State from 1981-1986, then returned to her native SC and accepted a position as Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn and REI at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. In addition to maintaining a private practice and teaching hundreds of medical students and residents, Dr. Baker published extensively in the field of exercise endocrinology and infertility. She practiced in Columbia until her retirement in 1996. Dr. Baker was involved in many professional organizations, including the American Fertility Society, the American College of Ob/Gyn, and served as President of Duke Medical Alumni Association. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian (ARP) Church in Columbia SC. Elizabeth had many interests outside of medicine. She sang in the Duke University Chapel Choir for 12 years and continued a lifelong love of music. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the Riverbanks Zoo and her avid interest in iguanas was well known. Dr. Baker was an amateur photographer and traveled extensively.


Dr. Baker is survived by four siblings: Dr. Mary E. Baker of Newberry SC; Dr. Ralph P. Baker (Susan) of Chapin SC; Dr. Erwin R. Baker (Sally) of Chapin SC; and Catherine B. Carlson of Newberry SC. She was most proud of her nine nieces and nephews: Dr. Susie B. Boles (Dr. David); Ralph M. Baker (Anna Gray); Dr. Russell B. Baker; Virginia M. Baker; William E. Baker; Dr. Christian D. Baker (Rose); Mary Beth C. Klein (Paul); Capt. Rebecca R. Carlson; Capt. Thomas B. Carlson; and 5 great nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her aunt, Catherine Renwick Hardwick (Dayton) of Bedford, NH.


Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30am on Thursday, Sept 2, 2021, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home, 1724 Main St, Newberry SC. Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am, officiated by Rev. David Lauten in the McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Rosemont Cemetery, 2699 College St, Newberry SC.


The family wishes to express deep thanks to Neese Grant for her years of devotion and compassionate care. Keta Forrest also gave invaluable support throughout Elizabeth’s illness. She is survived by one of her dearest friends, Rhonda Estock, who has given countless acts of heartfelt support. The BrightStar Care team, especially Peggy, Christi, Twanda, Thelma, Symone, and Alondra, provided tender loving care for which the family is so very grateful.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverbanks Zoo Society, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia SC 29210.


Active pallbearers will be William E. Baker, Christian D. Baker, Paul B. Klein, Ralph B. Summer, Boyd H. Parr, Calhoun B. Parr and Timothy A. Parr.













#18 Jeffrey and Ruthie Davis 2021-09-05 20:18
Dear Baker family,
We were so sorry to hear about Dr. Baker's death.
Thirty-three years ago, she was directly responsible for us having a family of four children! We are eternally grateful to her for the joy she brought into our lives! Our children will know her name and her story!
Our thoughts and prayers are for you all!
#17 Trudy brewington 2021-09-02 18:14
Mary, Catherine, Erwin and Ralph my heart goes out to each of you on the loss of Beth. She will be missed by all that knew her.
#16 Mary Helen Stuhr 2021-09-02 13:13
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. My your precious memories comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Mary Helen Hiller-Stuhr
#15 Connie a Rayfield 2021-09-02 12:01
Deepest Condolences to all. Hold on to allnof the great memories. Elizabeth definitely lived her life how she wanted to be remembered..
#14 Patricia Dolak 2021-09-02 10:23
So saddened by the news of Dr. Baker’s passing. She was a wonderful physician, who I know saved my life.
#13 Sheriff Lee Foster 2021-09-02 10:20
Our family offers you our condolences and prayers. Dr. Baker was an iconic physician and helped so many with her endeavors. Our world is a better place because of people that take on the challenge to heal the sick. Please accept our sympathies. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#12 Bruce Mayer 2021-09-02 09:15
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baker family. God bless you all. Rest in peace, Beth.
Bruce & Kathy Mayer
#11 Becki McSwain 2021-09-02 08:33
Beth's life was a tribute to her parents, siblings, communities, and her faith; and her academic contributions touched patients far beyond her offices. She leaves a space in our world that was filled with joy. To her family, I extend my sincere sorrow for your loss. Your closeness and the prayers of all who know you will keep you strong through these times.
"... may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
Becki McSwain
Charleston, SC
#10 Donna Shealy 2021-09-01 20:32
To the Baker family: although I didn’t know this dear lady personally , you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of your lives.
#9 Connie Counts 2021-09-01 19:27
Beth was the best doctor I ever knew.
She was so compassionate and knowledgeable about her patients. Her Aunt Frances adored her. My condolences to the entire Baker family. Sincerely, Connie Counts
#8 Kaye Rinehart Wilson 2021-09-01 16:28
I grew up in Newberry along with Beth. Our initial friendship was as a group of Brownie Scouts that regularly met in the basement area of the house on Main Street. She was always quiet and sweet with a big smile
We attended Newberry High School graduated together in 1967.her accomplishments were extensive before we reunited at a High school reunion where we were introduced to her iguana. We have lost an accomplished, compassionate lady. Rest In Peace, Beth
#7 Harriett Rucker 2021-09-01 12:13
John and I are remembering your wonderful family at this sad time. May our Lord give you comfort and peace at this sad time. You all have been our friends for so many years and we treasure our friendship. We send our thoughts and prayers. Harriett and John Rucker
#6 Cecil & Leigh Ringer 2021-09-01 10:45
Erwin, Catherine, Ralph, Mary, and families: We are so sorry to learn of Beth’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, not only now but in coming weeks and months. May God bless each of you and keep you in His arms of care and strength.
Cecil and Leigh Ringer
#5 Marci B Brasington 2021-09-01 10:12
Elizabeth was a dear friend and long time customer of Brasington Plumbing Heating and Air. Elizabeth and I shared many hours of conversations, she was fun to talk with. She enjoyed our shopping trips and lunch outings. our family thought very highly of her and will miss her deeply. Prayers for her family during this time.
#4 Mary MEEKS 2021-09-01 09:23
We are deeply saddened to learn of Beth’s passing. She was truly a special friend during our years at Newberry High. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of w.

Janice & Tommy Meeks
#3 Theresa Halfacre 2021-09-01 00:20
I loved her. She saved my life and was the absolute best doctor I ever had. My love and prayers to those who loved her.
#2 Kathy Folks 2021-08-31 22:48
I was sad to learn of Elizabeth’s passing. My sympathy goes out to all her family who were important to her. She was so gifted as a doctor, singer and painter, too, and used her talent to bless others for many years.
#1 Polly Carter 2021-08-31 20:04
Betty, Richard, Elizabeth and I are thinking of the entire Baker family. May the Lord wrap his comforting arms around all of you as you face the sad days ahead. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  1. Wednesday, 15 December 2021 16:42

    I am so sorry to hear of Elizabeth's passing.  The many years I spent singing with her and Mary in the Duke Chapel Choir are among the most cherished memories of my life. I am sure she is looking down from heaven singing Hallelujah for all of us. Peace to all of you.

    Ken Trofatter


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