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Passing of Ben Baylor, long-time employee and coach

Passing of Ben Baylor, long-time employee and coach

Benjamin Baylor, a 37-year Gallaudet University employee, passed away on November 28. Ben served the Gallaudet community in many ways. He was a Technical Resource Specialist in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation from April 1977 until January 2014. He also served as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team for 22 years, when Kitty Baldridge was at the helm. This dynamic partnership provided outstanding role models for the players, and resulted in four league championships and the team’s magical 1998-1999 run to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

Ben also assisted with the Children’s Instructional Summer Program that operated at Gallaudet for over four decades, and provided technical support for Gallaudet Dance Company performances on campus and abroad. He mentored Gallaudet undergraduate students who worked with him under the College Work-Study Program, as well as MSSD students. Ben also supported many other students, providing guidance and compassion that he delivered with a big heart and smile. Always willing to help anyone, Ben undertook his work and his contributions with a “can do” attitude and nary a complaint.  

Benjamin Baylor was born March 24, 1953 in Washington D.C. to Gladys and Frederick Baylor, both deceased. He attended Rutgers University.

Ben is survived by two children, Christie Baylor and Alderic Cooper; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and three siblings, Lorraine Baylor, Frederic Baylor Jr. and Derrick Baylor. Four siblings preceded Ben in death: John Miner, Evelyn Scott, Joyce Baylor, and Alfreda Baylor. 

Ben was honored with a moment of silence before the Gallaudet women’s basketball game against Marymount University on December 4. The Department of Physical Education and Recreation is planning to establish an award in Ben’s honor; details will follow.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 9 at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Road, Hyattsville, Maryland from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., preceded by visitation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Both the viewing and funeral services will be interpreted.

Gallaudet University mourns Ben’s passing, and sends its condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Robert Weinstock | Posted December 5, 2019 at 10:47 PM

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