HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Joy Baker, a board member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ford’s Theatre and other arts organizations, died at home April 24 after an 11-year battle with cancer.
She was 64.
She was awarded a Lincoln Medal in 1985 for her work for Ford’s Theatre.
Baker was the daughter of the late Sen. Everett M. Dirksen and wife of former Sen. Howard Baker Jr., a former Republican presidential candidate and President Reagan’s chief of staff 1987-88.
She is survived by her husband, a daughter and a son.