Share this article

print logo


Lawrence E. "Hank" Baldwin, 92, former executive director of the Buffalo Crippled Children's Guild and the Buffalo and Erie County YMCA who was honored by The Buffalo News in 1966 as an Outstanding Citizen of the Year, died Friday (March 31, 1995) in the Niagara Lutheran Home following a lengthy illness.

He spent 43 years as a YMCA executive in Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati, Santiago, Chile, and Buffalo.

During a 5 1/2 -year assignment as a YMCA missionary in Santiago, he rebuilt the organization in Chile, developing youth camps and clubs, libraries and a lecture series.

He also earned the distinction of being the only foreigner to play on the Chilean National Volleyball Team.

During his tenure as executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County YMCA, he was responsible for opening four new branches.

He retired from from the YMCA post here in 1967 and went to Concepcion, Chile, for a year as a consultant to the International YMCA Committee.

Upon his return to Buffalo in 1968 he went to work as executive director of the Buffalo Crippled Children's Guild, serving for 16 years until his retirement in 1984.

A native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Baldwin was a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He received a master's degree in social administration from Ohio State University.

Active in the Denison Alumni Association, he played a major role in raising money to build the university's Swasey Chapel.

Baldwin was an elder for life of Westminster Presbyterian Church, a past president of the Buffalo Rotary Club, a former board member of the Buffalo Area Council of Churches and a former chairman of the board of St. Luke's Presbyterian Home.

He was a member of the Equality Club, the Community Advisory Council of the University at Buffalo, the New York State Nurses Advisory Council, the Junior League Advisory Board, the International Torch Club, the Uncommon Council, Buenos Vecinos, Scriptores and the Avonian Society.

He received the Buffalo and Erie County Gold Key Award in 1978 and was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International in 1964.

Baldwin's first wife, the former Peg Mullin, died in 1970. His second wife, the former Betty Carey Forgie, died in 1981.

He is survived by his third wife, the former Janiece Epke; two daughters, Barbara Piper of Schenectady and Nancy Peterson of East Aurora; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 29 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.


There are no comments - be the first to comment