George Worthington Baker, 69, a retired vice president of Bache, Halsey, Stuart, Shields Inc., a stock brokerage and investment firm, a former State Department official, and an art collector, died of emphysema April 12 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Baker was born in Washington Court House, Ohio. He graduated from Denison University and earned a law degree at Harvard University.
He moved to Washington in 1941 and began a career at the State Department that involved foreign trade and foreign property. He began as assistant chief of the division of world trade intelligence. After World War II, he led a delegation to Turkey to consider the use of German assets there as reparations. He later worked in the division of economic security controls and as chief of German property affairs.
In the early 1950s, Mr. Baker returned to Ohio and became president of his family's business, the Baker Construction Co. In the late 1950s, he came back to Washington and joined the firm that became Bache, Halsey, Stuart, Shields. He retired about 1977.
In 1982, Mr. Baker established the George Worthington Baker Gallery in the Burke Hall of Art and Music at Denison University.
Survivors include a brother, Frank W. Baker of Sea Island, Ga., and a sister, Elma L. Baker of Washington.