In Memoriam: Comrade Ann Baker
August 30, 2021
The League for the Revolutionary Party mourns the death on August 15
of Ann Baker. She was a founding member of the LRP in 1976, a
long-time hospital worker and the companion and wife of Comrade Eric
Josephson. Eric wrote this moving tribute and account of her last struggles.
Early Sunday morning, August 15, Comrade Ann Baker, my beloved wife
and companion of 42 years, died peacefully after a long illness. She
had been ill on and off for the last 3 years, ncluding with covid-19
at least once and had apparently successful brain surgery in fall,
2018 (result of smoking, which she quit 3 years ago. Don't Smoke!) She
spent her last 6 months in hospitals in the Bronx. In her last 3
weeks, she was uncommunicative, but comfortable, and received good
medical care at Montefiore Hospital.
She was a lifelong socialist, a Trotskyist, a supporter of the League
for the Revolutionary Party, although she was less active in the past
few years. Two years ago, however, she helped organize and lead a
knock-down, drag-out fight against the rotten 3-person(!) Board of
Directors of Farband co-operative housing, where she lived. When many
residents, including myself, felt like giving up, Ann kept leafleting,
knocking on doors, exhorting residents and pulling them into meetings
in the lobby. We won a partial victory: elections, regular,
transparent reports, and though the old Directors remain on the Board,
they are outvoted by 6 to 3. Ann was elected, of course, but became
ill before she could take her seat. Most of her fellow residents
admired her, and her opponents respected, even feared her.
She and I were a unit. Her elfin sense of humor kept me laughing, or
guessing. I always spoke of "we," not she or I. I still do. With her
passing, I feel that I have lost myself. I was so lucky to have been
Her friends, family and comrades will hold a memorial for her,
probably this spring. Please, no flowers. To honor her, please donate
in her name to an immigrant cause or activity.
Ann: I Love You! I Miss You! Fight to the End!