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Longtime board member and donor, Martha Brown Baker of Gulf Stream, FL and Lake Leelanau, MI passed away on January 3, 2019.  She was born on November 13, 1919 in Greenville, OH.  Her parents were Herman L. and Louanna Brown.  Martha graduated from Greenville, OH high school and attended Ohio State University.  She and her husband, Dick Baker, lived in Cleveland for many years before retiring to Florida.

Marty was a recovering alcoholic for nearly 50 years, who worked tirelessly in the field of alcoholism.  She helped start Alcoholism Services of Cleveland (now Recovery Resources) an affiliate of what is now NCADD, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.  She served on ASC’s board for 30 years; during that time she became its President and then Chairman.  In 1978, Marty was elected to the Board of NCADD and subsequently became its first woman President serving for four years.  In 1990, she went on the Board of Wayside House in Delray Beach.  In addition, Marty devoted her life to helping individuals with drinking problems.

Marty was given NCADD’s highest award, the “Gold Key Award” for her tireless efforts in the field of alcoholism; ”Silver Key Award” for her term as President/ Chairman from Recovery Resources.

Wayside House staff and board are eternally grateful for Martha’s contributions of time, talent and treasure to the women of Wayside House and the countless others facing addiction whom she helped throughout her life.