Obituary of Carlton Dorr Baxter
Carlton D. Baxter March 24, 1930 – July 26, 2022 Carlton D. Baxter was born in the Baxter home in Pittsford, NY to N. Dorr Baxter and Celeste Sick Baxter. Carl grew up in Rochester, NY graduating from Brighton High School where he played baseball as an accomplished pitcher. It was around that time that he met the love of his life, Ellen Clare Baxter, while attending Botsford School of Dance. After graduating from Brighton, Carl traveled to California to attend The School of the Arts and Photography. He and Ellen married in 1951 and it was soon after then that he joined the Marines as a photographer. Once Carl completed his military service, he joined Eastman Kodak where he enjoyed a 40-year career in Research and Development. During his career he earned numerous patents both individually and in collaboration with colleagues. Throughout his life he had many talents and interests including photography, genealogy, restoring classic cars such as his 1954 XK120 Jaguar, player pianos, antique musical machines, and aviation, earning his pilot’s license. He and Ellen shared other interests such as the MG Car Club and the Jazz Society where they loved to dance. Overall, Carl’s greatest interest and love was his family. He and Ellen shared a loving relationship of 57 years. He was a devoted father to Laurie and Scott and a loving grandfather to Philip, Elliot, Kara and Mark. He never missed a game or event of his children and grandchildren and created a lifetime of wonderful experiences and memories for all. He is predeceased by his wife, Ellen; brother, David; nephew, David Williams; brother-in-law, James Bell; and sister-in-law, Betsy Bell. Carl is survived by his children, Laurie (Robert) Mastrocola and Scott (Lori) Baxter; grandchildren, Kara Mastrocola, Mark (Lyndsi Lloyd) Mastrocola, Philip Baxter, Elliot (Bridgette) Baxter; step-grandchildren, Christopher Weber (Clara Baker) and Jeffrey Weber (Carrie Leyens); siblings, Richard Paul Baxter and Suzanne Hall; nieces and nephews, Linda (Richard) Martin, Karen Christensen, Eric (Anne) Williams and Stephanie (Enrique) Placido; several great-nieces and great-nephews. Services are to be held privately. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to Wounded Warriors Project or K-9s for Warriors.
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