Wyrth Post Baker, 97, Homeopathy Specialist

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Wyrth Post Baker, 97, Homeopathy Specialist


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Dr. Wyrth Post Baker, a homeopathy specialist in the District, died of heart failure April 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was 97.

A native of the District, Dr. Baker was born in Cleveland Park on Nov. 6, 1905. He attended John Eaton Elementary School and Western High School, from which he graduated in 1924. After two years of premedical studies at the University of Maryland, he entered Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1926.

He graduated from Hahnemann in 1930, receiving degrees in medicine and homeopathy. After an internship at Hahnemann where he met his future wife, Katherine Spencer and a residency at Wilmington's Homeopathic Hospital in Delaware, Dr. Baker returned to the District in 1933 and assumed the practice of the late Dr. John R. Sharp.

He continued his medical practice in the District until 1968, then in Chevy Chase until his retirement in 1993 at age 88.

During his medical career, Dr. Baker served on the staff of the National Homeopathic Hospital in the District from 1933 until its closing in the late 1950s and then on the staffs of Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda until his retirement.

He was a member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, where he had served on the Board of Examiners, and the Montgomery County Medical Society. He was a member of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, where he organized a group of physicians who met for dinner several times a year and for a program with a guest speaker.

Dr. Baker was a tireless advocate for homeopathy and was a member and president of the American Institute of Homeopathy. In 1965, during congressional debate on the Medicare Act and amendments to the Food and Drug Law, his testimony before Congress resulted in continued recognition of homeopathy in the law.

In 1981, he was instrumental in establishing and incorporating the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia Convention of the United States, the organization that sets the standards and publishes the specifications for the manufacturing and distribution of homeopathic drugs.

Dr. Baker's passion for medicine did not overshadow his many other interests. After he returned to the District and married in 1933, he and his wife became members of the Sycamore Island Club on the Potomac River. They were active members of the club and built a cabin on the island. The cabin was destroyed by flooding in 1936.

He was a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club in the District, and when his sons were old enough to join the Boy Scouts, he became active in the Scouts, serving as assistant scoutmaster and as scoutmaster of Troop 14 in the District. …

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