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When Jane Baker was helping her son run his marina business on Catawba Island, she unknowingly set things in motion for her stay at Otterbein North Shore and her far-reaching philanthropic efforts.
Jane, a Columbus girl, married Lee Baker, her high school sweetheart and the chemist who invented the first non-dairy creamer, PREAM. Jane and Lee were the perfect entrepreneurial team. They had no aversion to risk, and raised their sons, Bill and Dick, to follow in their footsteps.
The family had spent many enjoyable summers on the shore of Lake Erie. In the mid 1970’s, Dick, with the help of this parents, bought Foxhaven Marina. In traditional Baker fashion, according to Jane, "As soon as we bought it, we started expanding it."
Lee also built the members-only Nor'easter Club. At first, Jane wasn't exactly in favor of the idea, but later realized "sometimes it was easier to stop there and eat than cook at home!"
When son Dick went into the Navy, he left Carl Quisno in charge of the marina during the week. Lee and Jane took over on the weekends.
Years later, Carl and his wife Dorothy retired to Otterbein North Shore. Jane and Lee often visited. In 2006, Jane saw a news article about the innovative “small house” nursing care concept being introduced by Otterbein. Her entrepreneur’s instincts kicked in. She knew it was a wonderful idea.
She contacted Otterbein North Shore and Lee offered to donate the lead gift for the construction of the house, honoring his wife of 64 years by placing her name on it. At the 2007 dedication, Jane said, "This concept will have far-reaching impact. We're very proud to be associated with this kind of energy and excitement."
In 2008, Jane and Lee moved to Otterbein North Shore; Lee passed away at the end of that year. Apartment neighbor Ruth Freeh took her under her wing, and Emilie Gulas became a close friend. Jane said, "It was like we'd known each other all of our lives." Since then, Jane has settled into her apartment. "I have all the room I want and I've met some wonderful people."