Alice Baker lived in Alexandria, Louisiana, in her youth and young adulthood. Her father, World War I veteran Dr. E.S. Baker, ran a ward of TB patients at the veterans hospital in Pineville. Alice graduated from Bolton High School and LSU Baton Rouge and became the 8th woman to graduate from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.
“My mother was a young woman who succeeded in a man’s world, but with a surprising amount of ease and self-confidence,” said daughter Martha Fitzgerald in an interview with Jodi Belgard of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk (”A great joy’: Author recounts parents’ courtship through their letters,” October 7). Fitzgerald will highlight her mother’s ties to central Louisiana in a talk Nov. 4 at Rapides Parish Public Library on her new book, “The Courtship of Two Doctors.”
“I’ve referred to her as a pre-feminist who defied social convention,” Fitzgerald said. But she “was never anti-male,” and she didn’t take offense easily at slights against women.