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Dr. Charles Fuller Baker further improved the smooth start of the UP College of Agriculture (UPCA) in 1909 as he stepped in as the successor of Dr. Edwin Bingham Copeland in 1917, arriving in UPCA while riding on a caretella. 

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He served as UPCA dean for 10 years (1917-1927) spiraling the increase in enrollment and attracting students from other countries such as Japan, China, India, and Guam.

It was during his time that the entire UPCA students volunteered to join the army to fight for America on October 10, 1918 during World War 1. Fortunately, the following month, a before the students were shipped out to the warfront, an armistice ended the war. Dean Baker honored the students’ valor by instituting the Loyalty Day, now celebrated as Alumni Homecoming, the most festive event in the campus calendar.

 

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To honor Baker and his invaluable contribution to the growth of UPCA, the Charles Fuller Baker Hall was erected in 1932. The Baker Hall survived through the years and still serves as a preferred venue for UPLB Loyalty Day and other university gatherings.


 References:

Bernardo, F. A. (2007). Historic developments under Baker 1917-1927. In Centennial panorama: pictorial history of UPLB (pp. 31-44). College, Laguna, Philippines: UPLB Alumni Association, Inc.
Bernardo, F.A. (2007). UPLB: A century of challenges and achievements. College, Laguna, Philippines: UPLB Alumni Association, Inc.
Fajutagana, L.M. (2008). The UPLB story. In UPLB 100 years in the science and nature city (pp. 85-101). College, Laguna, Philippines: UPLB Foundation, Inc.

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