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William W. "Bill" Baldwin

July 27, 1940August 25, 2020

William (Bill) W. Baldwin, Ph.D., 80, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Ft. Wayne, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, IN on July 27, 1940 to Hiram and Ethel (Smith) Baldwin. Resident of Fort Wayne, IN and formerly of Gary, IN (Miller Beach), and Snow Lake, Fremont, IN; married to Sharon M Sutton on June 25, 1975. Bill was a graduate of Indiana Central College and received his Masters and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington. He retired after 42 years of combined educational service from Indiana University Northwest Medical School in 2005 as Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Northwest Center for Medical Education, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and in his early career a teacher at George Washington High School in Indianapolis IN. He was the 2005 recipient of the distinguished Sagamore of Wabash Award; a member of: Rotary International in which he was the 2004-2005 Governor, District 6540; and the United States Power Squadron. He and Sharon enjoyed travelling, playing golf, and he was an avid fisherman. He is survived by daughter Kimberly C. Covell-Campbell and son-in-law Frank Campbell, Osawatomie, KS; step-grand-daughter, Krystle Campbell (Ryan Gindlesperger), Pittsburg, PA; brother-in-law Wayne Lantz, Fort Wayne, IN; and numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Joanne B. Lantz and Alvera M. Shaw, brother-in-law David R. Shaw, and nephew David J. Shaw. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rotary International or Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine A Graveside Service will be held at 11 am Monday, August 31, 2020 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Pleasant Lake, Indiana. Dr. William Smith will officiate the service. Due to the current pandemic masks will be required.


  • Frank Campbell, Jr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wayne Lantz, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Paul Baldwin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Norman Shaw, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Krystle Campbell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ellynn Stein, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Rotary International
  • Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, August 31, 2020


William W. "Bill" Baldwin

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Jerry and Sharon Lewis

August 29, 2020

We have such fond memories of Bill and our ICC class of 1962. He made us all proud of his contributions.

Bill & Marlene Beckford

August 28, 2020

Great family man, neighbor, classmate, and especially, friend. Fondly remember visiting the Snow Lake home, and once, Bill rented a pontoon boat so that he and Sharon could host a tour of the lake. Prayers for all the family & friends.
Bill & Marlene Beckford

Bonnie (Betley) Hilsmier

August 28, 2020

Bill was a genuine good friend, especially during our high school days at Central. My fondest memory is his part as Teddy Roosevelt in the play Arsenic and Old Lace. He was a natural. He and Sharon were such a wonderful couple that we all enjoyed at 1958 Central class reunions. May our Lord comfort his families and many friends.
Bonnie (Betley) Hilsmier
Fort Wayne

Andrea Whitmore

August 28, 2020

I remember Dr Baldwin well. We had an ongoing bet on every IU versus Purdue game for football and basketball. The looser had to buy the other lunch. Purdue won many games but IU did as well. We spent many years laughing in the hallways of IUN medical school. He was a strong personality and a great mentor. He will be missed.

Ruth Tyndall Baker

August 28, 2020

Bill brought a great deal of joy to his Central High School classmates. He loved theater with a passion and had the gift to entertain friends and family. With his broad smile, he always looked to me like he had a secret he'd never share. Peace be unto you, Bill.

Ranjan Kini

August 28, 2020

I remember Bill Baldwin very well as a colleague at IUN. But, it is through Rotary fellowship I got to know Bill better. I was the club president when he was the Governor. He and I served on the Rotary District Scholarship committee together ... and he leaned on me to become the Chair of the committee ... and I have been chair since. Bill has been a great Rotary friend and we connected with each other for many years after he retired from IU Med school. My wife Nivi and I fondly remember a fun and education tour he gave us on his boat near his lake house. I still remember his booming laughter! He will be missed! RIP Bill!

Marshall Anderson

August 28, 2020

I remember Bill fondly. He was my colleague from 1980 when I joined IUSM Northwest till his retirement in 2005. His lab was next to mine in the old building of the Med School. I was honored to be chosen to give his tribute and "roast" at his retirement dinner. He was a great comfort to me when my wife passed away in 2003. I will always remember his smile, laughter, friendship, and all the good times we had.
He will be greatly missed.