Donald T. Baggs, 83, of Munsonville, died Friday, December 21, 2012 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH following a period of declining health.
He was born in St. John's, The Dominion of Newfoundland on June 8, 1929, the son of Joseph S. and Irene (Thompson) Baggs. He grew up in St. John's and was a graduate of Prince of Wales College, one of the city high schools.
Don went on to receive a BA from Duke University in Durham, NC, his Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ and his Masters in Education from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 1955, Don became a naturalized US citizen.
His professional experience included Pastor for the United Methodist Church in Clinton, NJ and Nyack, NY, Succasunna, NJ and New Dover of Edison Township in NJ; Career Consultant for Career Crossroads in both Halifax, Nova Scotia and Brattleboro, VT; Guidance Counselor for the Nova Scotia Department of education – Adult Vocational Training Division; Recruitment Officer for the Council of Maritime Premiers in Halifax; Coordinator for the Adult Learner Services and adjunct faculty at Keene State College; and Retail Merchandiser for Brown & Williamson Tobacco and also for Proctor and Gamble, Cosmetics Division.
A significant experience and professional highlight for Don was coaching adult students in the preparation of a portfolio of life experiences which demonstrated sufficiently high levels of learning equivalent to college instruction. Portfolios were evaluated by a committee of faculty members who awarded academic credit to the student.
Don was an avid reader of history and historical novels. He also enjoyed traveling, antiques, furniture refinishing and HO Scale Model Railroading.
He is survived by three children Douglas Baggs of Loxahatchee, FL, Steven Baggs of Boca Raton, FL and Judith Malinoski of Cranberry Township, PA; thirteen grandchildren and one great grand daughter; and one sister Jean Haines of Kalso, British Columbia, Canada. His son Donald T. Baggs, two brothers Eric Baggs and George Baggs and two sisters Margaret Roil and Ruth Laganga all died earlier.
Don was married to Marleen Ann Baggs (nee Reekstin) who died on June 8, 2010.
Services for Don will be held on Thursday, January 3rd, 2012, at 5:00 PM at Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 33 Marlboro St., Keene, NH. A half-hour calling hour will be held at 4:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446.