This week, the Jacksonville community lost a great activist and philanthropist in Ann Baker, who passed away on Monday.
She was a tremendous leader in our community, particularly in the areas of arts, culture and education. She was a founding board member of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and served proudly as a director since 2009. She co-founded the Jacksonville Cultural Council and was also actively involved in the Jacksonville Zoo, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Douglas Anderson School for the Arts, among many others.
There is no doubt that Jacksonville is a better place because of her. There is a wonderful obituary in today's paper, which you can read online here. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the children of Duval County were fortunate to call Ann Baker an advocate and a friend.