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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The main rotunda of the University of Tennessee College of Law was dedicated Saturday, Nov. 27, in honor of former U.S. Senator and White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker, Jr.

Baker, who graduated from the UT College of Law in 1949, was honored by remarks from UT-Knoxville Chancellor William T. Snyder, UT President J. Wade Gilley, Law Dean Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., Robert F. Worthington, Jr. of the firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, and U.S. Congressman John J. Duncan.

The ceremony was held in the main rotunda of the law school, which is just inside the Cumberland Avenue entrance, 1505 W. Cumberland Ave.

Baker served in the U.S. Senate from 1967 until January 1985 and as President Ronald Reagan-s Chief of Staff from February 1987 until July 1988. Baker won national recognition in 1973 as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. He was the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in 1976 and was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980.

Baker concluded his Senate career by serving two terms as Minority Leader (1977-81) and two terms as Majority Leader (1981-85). He now lives in Huntsville, Tenn., his birthplace.