Ivan F. Baker was born in 1887 in Cedar Rapids, Neb., He joined the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company as an apprentice engineer in 1909 after graduating from the University of Nebraska. In 1919 he was sent to Japan as Far Eastern Manager, surviving the Tokyo Earthquake of 1923. During this time he assisted in the organization of the Mitsubishi Electric Company. Baker returned to the U.S. briefly in 1927 and was then appointed European Sales Manager, where he served until 1938. He played a leading role in Westinghouse's program of overseas postwar recovery, finally retiring as Vice President and Treasurer of the Westinghouse Electric International Company in 1952. Baker took a strong interest in foreign affairs and in 1950 urged the equivalent of the Marshall Plan for the Far East. He continued to work as a consultant and official of trade missions through the 1950s. He died at Westfield, N.J., on June 29, 1976.
From the description of Papers, 1923-1971. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122458981