C. Edwin Baker, Was 62

Although I wasn’t always enthusiastic about Ed Baker’s work, there was no gainsaying its importance. Media, Markets, and Democracy is a rich book; I went through an entire highlighter marking up my copy. I had the pleasure of seeing him present several times, most memorably on his theory of “complex democracy,” and I learned every time. More than any of the above, perhaps, Baker was a gentle and generous man, who leaves behind many friends and admirers. He will be missed.