UVA Employee Clocks Out One Last Time after 60 Years
After more than 60 years on the job, one former University of Virginia employee clocked out for the last time Friday. The facilities management worker topped the list of honorees at this years' service awards ceremony.
Lindsay Baker wore many hats throughout his six decades at UVA. Now he is reflecting on the experiences and friendships he's had along the way.
Lindsay, 79, - or "Junior" as his loved ones call him - started working for UVA when he was just 19. Now he and Murble - his wife of more than 50 years - are celebrating a big milestone.
"Friday was my last day," said Lindsay.
In looking back at those six decades on the job, some details can get a little blurry - while others remain crystal clear.
"Only thing I remember is working the whole time them 60 years," said Lindsay.
Lindsay started as an orderly at Blue Ridge Sanatorium in 1952 - a facility founded to treat patients with tuberculosis. He had many different duties during his time there - from transporting patients to feeding hogs.
"I did most everything over at Blue Ridge," said Lindsay.
Lindsay eventually got a job for his wife at the facility too. They say the friendships they've made throughout the years are what they'll remember most.
"Everybody was just family, homely like, from Blue Ridge all the way over here to the university," said Murble.
After more than 27 years at Blue Ridge, Lindsay moved to work in facilities management at university's high energy physics lab. He clocked out there - for the very last time - on Friday.
"They looking for me to come back and visit now. They told me that when I left Friday, make sure I come back and visit them," said Lindsay.
Now, the Bakers are gearing up for another big set of celebrations. Lindsay will be walking his daughter down the aisle on his 80th birthday at the end of June.
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