Dr. William Andrew Baldwin Jr., 68, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Monroe Louisiana. He was born, September 29, 1951, in Evanston, Illinois, to William and Barbara Baldwin. His father, William Andrew Baldwin Sr. was a WWII Corsair pilot. He was also a classically trained pianist and aided in t…read more
Dr. William Andrew Baldwin Jr., 68, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Monroe Louisiana. He was born, September 29, 1951, in Evanston, Illinois, to William and Barbara Baldwin. His father, William Andrew Baldwin Sr. was a WWII Corsair pilot. He was also a classically trained pianist and aided in the cultivation of his son’s lifelong love for music. His parents also sent their young son to the south of France to study tennis.
After High School Andrew attended U C Berkley, where he obtained a law degree in 1977. He was immediately put into consideration by top law firms in California and Illinois. While weighing his offers he became an advocate for environmental causes. He was appointed president of the advocacy group, Friends of Earth, in California.
Deciding to put a hold on his law practice, he returned to school to become a medical doctor. He enrolled in Stanford Medical School and graduated in 1985. He completed his residency at the Stanford Hospital. He also obtained a John’s Hopkins fellow in surgical intensive care. Instead of taking the traditional route of applying to the regular medical positions, he joined the Smile Train medical mission. He traveled with them, by ship, and offered medical procedures to children in impoverished countries.
It was shortly after graduation from medical school, that he married Susan Newell. They would become parents to three children, Barbara, Andy, and Will. However, His marriage to Mrs. Susan was not meant to be, they divorced, and he would eventually move to North Louisiana. He met and married Karen Sue Bryan. They remained together for the remainder of his life. They would become the parents of four more children; Arthur, Mac, Nick and Leo. Mrs. Karen had two children from a previous marriage; Jerod and Chauston Mason. Together they would raise all nine children.
Doctor Baldwin worked for several hospitals in the North Louisiana area. He opened a family medical clinic at Union General hospital in Farmerville Louisiana. It was Farmerville that he would call home. Just a few of his local passions were pizza eating contests at the local Johnny’s and attending local baseball games. He was also a member of the Farmerville First Baptist Church.
Doctor Baldwin had many hobbies. Two of his favorites were bicycle riding and White-water rafting. He once rode his bicycle from Chicago, Illinois to Oaxaca, Mexico. He rafted or canoed rivers throughout the Americas. He was well loved in our community and will sorely be missed.
Other survivors include his brother Nichols Baldwin. His Sister in-law Debbie Baldwin. His niece and nephew Nikki and Cole. His mother in-law and father in-law Nelda and Gerald Bryan. His daughter in-law Nisha Mason.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18th at the Farmerville First Baptist Church.
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