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Statement from UT System President Joe DiPietro on the passing of Howard Baker

June 26, 2014

"Howard Baker was both a distinguished statesman and great friend of the University of Tennessee. Through his brilliant career as a U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee, White House Chief of Staff, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, he honored his beloved home state. He honored the University of Tennessee as a proud alumnus, a generous donor, and a great friend. As you may know, the rotunda of the UT College of Law building and the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy are named in his honor. Mr. Baker defined statesmanship in ways few have equaled."


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