The Heritage Society presents An Evening of Heritage
The Heritage Society's An Evening of Heritage will feature a discussion between James A. Baker III and Susan Garrett Baker with Jim McGrath.
A native Houstonian, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker graduated from Princeton University in 1952. After two years of active duty as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, he entered The University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He received his J.D. with honors in 1957 and practiced law with the Houston firm of Andrews and Kurth from 1957 to 1975. Secretary Baker has served in senior government positions under three United States presidents. He served as the nation’s 61st secretary of state from January 1989 through August 1992 under President George H.W. Bush, served as the 67th secretary of the treasury from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan, and Secretary of Commerce to President Gerald Ford. Mr. Baker was born in Houston, Texas, in 1930. He and his wife, Susan Garrett Baker, currently reside in Houston and have eight children and 17 grandchildren.
Mrs. Baker is the author of her autobiography Passing It On. She is also the leader (with Tipper Gore and others) of the campaign for warning labels on music albums with violent, drug-oriented, and sexually explicit lyrics. She is also the co-founder of what is today known as the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Her book shares the special challenges of being the wife of a man engaged in national politics and public service at the highest levels and her families' faith.
Jim McGrath started his career at The White House, working as a staff writer and editor in the Executive Office of the President from 1991 to 1993 under President George H. W. Bush. He continued to serve Bush as his post-White House spokesman, and as President Bush's speechwriter, he produced hundreds of speeches, statements, and video presentations in dozens of foreign countries and most of the 50 U.S. states.
Baker and his family had a quest to preserve the Baker Family Playhouse in the name of Houston History.