Thomas Thaxton Baber 1946-2018

Thomas Thaxton Baber, 72, of Charlottesville passed away at his home on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Born June 7, 1946 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Thomas Frank and Grace Fuqua Baber of Hillsboro. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Fogel Baber.

After graduating from Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville Virginia, he continued his education, at Virginia Tech, where he received his bachelors in engineering in 1969 and his MECE in 1975. After receiving these two degrees, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Following his military service, he attended University of Illinois where he received his Ph.D. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Academy of Transportation Research Board, American Academy of Mechanics, and the National Society of Professional Civil Engineers. He was an engineering professor at University of Virginia for 37 years.

Tom was an accomplished woodworker and made several tables, an avid nature photographer, and a gardener who particularly liked starting native plants from seeds to plant in the woods where he lived. He enjoyed a wide variety of music, especially blue grass and classical, and could spend hours listening and reading, another of his favorite past times.

Tom was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, and brother. He is survived by two sons: Michael T. Baber of Stewartstown, PA, and Matthew S. Baber of Charlottesville; two sisters, Lina B. Burton of Aldie, VA, and Bonnie B. Davis of Hillsboro, VA and one grandchild. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his half-sister, Frances Elizabeth Hudson of Clearwater, Florida.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend David Forney officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, or to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

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