Dennis Baw, a dedicated professor at the University of Michigan, known for his expertise in atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences within the College of Engineering, has passed away. Dennis held a deep passion for meteorology and his family, leaving behind a legacy of generosity and a quick wit that will be fondly remembered by those who knew him.
Dennis’s love for meteorology was evident throughout his life, and he found great fulfillment in teaching at the University of Michigan. He cherished his role in the department that focused on atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with students and colleagues alike.
Tragically, Dennis experienced the loss of his parents, James and Elizabeth Baker, as well as his beloved wife, Anita, before his own passing. He is survived by his wife, two children from a previous marriage, James (married to Krista) and Alex (married to Neena), two grandchildren, James Jr. and Aiden, and his three siblings, Kirby (married to Glenda), Neal (married to Susan), and Brenda (married to Eric).
A gathering to celebrate Dennis’s life will take place in Holland, Ohio, on Sunday, August 7th. In lieu of traditional floral expressions of sympathy, donations to the American Meteorological Society can be made to honor his memory.
Dennis and Anita, who met during their time at the University of Michigan, shared a deep bond. They instilled in their children a love for the natural world and embraced every opportunity to witness and explore meteorological phenomena, whether it be observing meteor showers or chasing tornadoes. Among all natural occurrences, a total solar eclipse held a special place in Denny’s heart, capturing his interest and wonder.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Dennis’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. His passion for meteorology and his dedication to his loved ones will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to have known him.