Haynes Baird Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC
Baird, Haynes Wallace
January 28, 1943 – May 31, 2021
Dr. Haynes Wallace Baird died of prostate cancer at 6:18 a.m. on Monday, May 31, 2021. He enjoyed a long and productive life as a husband, father, grandfather, doctor, and good friend.
His parents, Dr. Harry Haynes Baird and Cornelia Wallace Baird, his wife Phyllis Tipton Baird and his granddaughter Julia Elizabeth Baird. He leaves behind his brother Harry Haynes Baird Jr., his sister Alice Baird Boger (Jack Boger), his children Teresa Baird Talbert (Barry Talbert), Dr. Christopher Baird (Tina Baird) and Dr. Kelly Wallace Baird (Dr. Kelly Lynn Barham) and six grandchildren: Kevin Talbert, Caroline Talbert, Catherine Baird, Matthew Baird, Sidney Baird and Carson Baird.
Wallace spent his youth and formative years in Charlotte and his professional life in Greensboro. He was born on January 28, 1943 in St. Louis, MO, where his father was a medical student. The family moved to Charlotte when he was three and Wallace grew up on Old Hickory Grove Road (now North Sharon Amity Road), which was then a two-lane gravel and tarmac road. With a few houses, a pond and a lot of open space, he had space to hike and find his own path, which he always cited today as an advantage that few people have. He raised chickens, quails and pheasants, sold eggs and plowed gardens to earn pocket money.
Wallace attended Elizabeth Elementary School, Eastway Junior High School (the year the school opened), Old Central High School, and Garringer High School (which also entered the school the year it opened), where he graduated in 1961 . He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1965 and from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1969.
He spent his professional career at Greensboro Pathology Associates. He joined this organization in 1973 and retired in 2003.
Wallace met the love of his life, Phyllis Tipton Baird, while she was a nurse at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, and he was an aspiring medical student who accompanied his father on hospital visits. They had been together for more than fifty years, until her untimely death on January 29, 2013. Phyllis was a loved one, and the two fit together like two pieces of a puzzle.
In February 2015, Wallace began his second life when he met Susan Picascia of Los Angeles, California during a winter trip to Yellowstone National Park. Both were surprised when a chance meeting turned into a deep friendship and ultimately a love. Susan brought a joy that would otherwise have been impossible at this stage of his life, and they spent as much time together as possible in his final years. Susan was by his side in his last days.
Throughout their married life, and especially after his retirement, Wallace and Phyllis took an active interest in their families, especially their grandchildren, and made sure that birthdays, holidays, and all special occasions were celebrated properly. Above all, his grandchildren were the light of his life. He enjoyed challenging them and wrestling with them over ideas, and he tried to fulfill whatever he and Phyllis valued in his relationships with them.
During their long marriage and especially after his retirement, Phyllis and Wallace were able to satisfy their wanderlust with trips to Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa and Israel. For Wallace, that active interest in seeing new places began shortly after high school when he and friend Tom Dunn took a road trip through the United States and to Mexico and back in a 1955 Plymouth that he bought for $ 100. All his life he spoke of this trip with the same satisfaction and affection as of any other.
A particular joy during his retirement years was the opportunity to attend the Temple Emanuel Torah Group with Rabbi Fred Gutman. He thought Rabbi Gutman was a quick friend and the best teacher he had ever met.
Wallace was a seeker all his life, always asking tough questions, enjoying discussion, exploring interesting topics when he found them, resisting boundaries, always trying to understand the truth of things and learning wherever he could. He maintained close relationships and pursued his interests with a diverse group of friends for as long as he could. Above all, he wanted to pass this spiritual vitality and integrity on to his children and grandchildren.
Towards the end of his life, Wallace realized he had run out of options to treat his cancer, and he made a decision to face reality and discontinue active cancer treatment. True to his character, he used the remaining time to make all the necessary arrangements for his death and then simply to communicate with his family and friends.
Wallace’s funeral will be private. Anyone who wishes can donate on their behalf to a charity of their choice or to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Inc., 330 S. Greene Street, Ste. 100, Greensboro, NC 27401.
Expressions of condolences can be made online at www.forbisanddick.com. Anyone wishing to view the service can access it on the same website by clicking the Facebook logo at the bottom of the page. Thursday, June 3, 2021, 2 p.m.
Published by Greensboro News & Record on June 2, 2021.