Alice Lelia Baker, 87, passed away September 23, 2021, at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage due to respiratory failure. Services will be held at a later date.
Alice was born November 17, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Grove City College, Grove City, PA in 1951; she later earned her Bachelor of Engineering in 1978 from the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos.
In 1951, Alice married James Joseph LaRotonda. To this union, four children were born, and the family lived in Toledo, OH, Denver, CO and Los Alamos, NM. Alice married Lara H. Baker on December 6, 1975, they made their home in Los Alamos, Derwood, MD and finally to Anchorage in 2004 after visiting since 1978.
Like most women of her generation, Alice was raised primarily to be a homemaker. She gracefully expanded the notion of homemaker to include exemplary service to her community and to the security of our nation. She started her professional career as a data analyst with the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM in 1968. She retired as an expert in information security and in the security of special nuclear materials, retiring in 1991 as the Director of the Department of Energy’s Center for Computer Security. She then continued her information-security work with private industry and US Government clients.
Alice was a very active member of the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club including serving in various officer positions and managing communications for a number of Anchorage-area events. She was noted for her handcrafts, especially knitting and cross stitch. She was active in Knitters of the North in Anchorage. Earlier in her life, she was an amateur artist of some note.
Alice always provided a welcoming, comfortable, and safe home for her family. She managed this under the strain of combining two very disparate families and she always did so with grace, wit and calm. She did this while working full-time at very stressful jobs. She provided love, contentment, joy and support to her husband, Lara, over their nearly 46 years together.
A family member wrote: “Alice, to me, was the example of a women who managed to have a reasonably balanced professional career and raise 4 or (7) good human…