Baker, Rollin H. (Rollin Harold), 1916-

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Biographical History

Rollin Harold Baker was born in Cordova, Illinois, on 11 November 1916, and spent most of his childhood in Texas. Rollin was a mammalogist, focusing on biogeography and natural history of Mexican mammals. He earned a B.A. in zoology at University of Texas (1937), M.S. in entomology from Texas A&M University (1938), and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Kansas (1948). He married Mary Waddell, March 22, 1939, who frequently accompanied her husband during field trips to Mexico. During World War II, Rollin joined the Navy, becoming a member of Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2) in 1944. From 1948 – 1955, he joined the faculty of University of Kansas and as Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Natural History. He then left University of Kansas to become a professor at the departments Zoology and Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University and serve as the Director of the University’s Museum. He remained at Michigan State until his retirement in 1982. After retirement, he moved to Eagle Lake, Texas. He passed away, November 12, 2007.


  • National Library of the Czech Republic. NKC. Control Number: NKC
  • mzk2010513247
  • (2009). “Encomium. Rollin Harold Baker: 1916-2007.” Journal of Mammalogy. 90 (5) 1265-1269. Retrieved from

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