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Martha L. Baer

LAKEVILLE — Martha L. Baer died peacefully on June 24, 2021, surrounded by family and friends. She was 82 years old.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland C. Baer and Emily Baer Hall.

Martha graduated from Mary Institute and then Vassar College, where she graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in English. 

After graduation, Martha followed her love of the arts and moved to New York where she worked for the André Emmerich Gallery and then as a director at Acquavella Contemporary Art Gallery.

In 1978 Martha founded the Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s Auction House, where she led it through remarkable growth over a 40-year period. She was a renowned authority on post-war and contemporary art, with special expertise in abstract expressionism. She was involved in the formation and sale of many of the top contemporary art collections.

A lifelong learner, Martha loved going to the theater and opera as well as spending time with family and friends at her home in Lakeville. 

She was dedicated to her Church, Trinity Lime Rock, where she sang in the choir.   She also was a proud member of Crescendo, which is a family of music lovers that brings exquisite choral music to audiences throughout New England.

She is survived by her brother, Roland C. Baer Jr., husband to Mikey; her nephews Roland C. Baer III (husband to Sylvia), Claxton A. Baer and Alexander B. Baer (husband of Anna); her grandnieces, Lydia, Toni, Synthia, Cece and Kate; her grandnephews, Claxton, Zack and Alex; and her cousins, Alice Muckerman (wife of Rick), Carolyn Cranston (wife of Bob) and William Coit.

The family would like to give special thanks to Erin Granger, Joe Culver, Jill Hennessey, Laura Schroeder and Dawn Brinson, who gave Martha such compassionate care over the last few months of her life.

Charitable donations may be sent to The little Guild Animal Shelter, 285 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT  06796.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lime Rock Church on Saturday, July 24, at noon.

A private graveside service will be held at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., on Aug. 6.

Local arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.

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