Joseph (Joe) M. Baker, Jr., of Annapolis, Md., former executive director of the National Cargo Security Council, died on Feb. 8, two days shy of his 86th birthday.
His career included 37 years at the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Wall and Ceiling Contractors, which he retired from in 1992. Following that, for seven years he ran the Annapolis-based National Cargo Security Council, which represents shippers, retailers and law enforcement. He also helped found the American Subcontractors Association, an organization representing all subcontracting industries in construction.
He was also a member of numerous industry groups and was active in politics.
He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1945, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1947 and the University of Tennessee in 1950.