Edgar A. Baker, one of the first persons to become a member of East Mt. Airy Neighbors, left an enviable record of personal commitment to the improvement of East Mt. Airy and Germantown. Although he worked on many projects, his main concerns were youth and education. Besides giving his guidance and counsel to the Education Committee, he was also concerned with positive relations between the community and the police.
Shortly after his death, the EMAN Board of Directors established an award in his name. It was decided that this award should be given to the person in Northwest Philadelphia who shows the kind of dedication that Ed gave throughout his life. In 1972, the EMAN Board honored Mrs. Mary Baker; as a tribute to the gallant service given by late husband.
Subsequent recipients of the Edgar Baker Award, who have made significant contributions to the betterment of East Mt. Airy are:
|1972||Mary Baker||1973||Edward Bristol|
|1974||No award||1975||Rudolph Gelsey|
|1976||Eversley Vaughan||1977||Margaret Halsey|
|1978||Dennis & LaVonne Johnson||1979||Ronald Lutz|
|1980||William Ewing||1981||Betty & Ralph Warshaw|
|1982||Mark Gilbert||1983||Bernice Rigmaiden|
|1984||Jane Brock||1985||Robert A. Iadicicco|
|1986||Patricia S. Beach||1987||Catherine Chester|
|1988||Robert Elfant||1989||Samuel F. Long|
|1990||Anne C. Ewing||1991||Ernestine O’Connor|
|1992||David Bell||1993||Ernest Covington|
|1994||Susan Simon||1995||Naomi Pryluck|
|1996||Richard H. Davis||1997||Yvonne DeVastey|
|1998||Betty Ann Fellner||1999||Patricia Lewis|
|2000||Louis W. Cuff||2001||Lou and Sheila Incognito|
|2002||Eleanore Pabarue||2003||Dutch Klugman|
|2004||Elvira Evans||2005||Barbara Bloom|
|2006||Janet Amato||2007||Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey|
|2008||Zakiyyah Abdul-Raheem||2009||Derek Green|
In the future, the Edgar Baker Award will continue to recognize those individuals who, through their involvement with EMAN and the community, have made a significant contribution to the betterment of East Mt. Airy.