Alta Lee "Jack" Coker Baker, born in 1907, earned her degree in English from Howard College in 1927, a couple of years before the other stock market tumble.  While at Howard, she was involved in literary societies and the women's glee club.  She married and raised a family in Birmingham, leading an active live supporting home, church and community.   


Mrs. Baker continues to reside in Birmingham and, we believe she is Samford's oldest living graduate.  Her legacy continues at Samford through three great-grandchildren: Steve, a senior sports medicine major; Kendall, a junior family studies major; and Abby, a junior nursing major.   


At 101 years of age, she remains grateful for the Howard (and Samford) influence on her life, to the extent that—just a few months ago—she made her most recent gift to the Samford Auxiliary in support of scholarships for our students.   


The world is better because of Alta Lee Coker Baker. 

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.