Victor J Baxt

January 16, 1917October 7, 2012

Victor J. Baxt died October 7, 2012 at his home in Providence at the age of 95. Born on January 16,1917, he was the son of the late Etta and Herman Baxt. He was predeceased by his sister Frieda Hohenemzer Nemzoff. He lived his entire life as a resident of Providence with homes in Newport, RI and Palm Beach, FL.   A graduate of Hope High School, Victor attended the University of RI, receiving a BS degree in Chemistry in 1938 and an MS degree from Duke University in 1940. Soon after WWII, newly discharged from the US Navy, Victor was approached by his good friend Norman Fain to join him and head the newly acquired Thompson Chemical Company, later to become Teknor Apex Co. in Pawtucket, RI. Victor spent the next 65 years in various positions in the company including President, Vice Chairman of the board and then Chairman from 2003 until his death.   In 1971, Victor was first tapped to serve on the board of trustees at the Miriam Hospital. He served as a trustee on both the foundation and hospital boards. He also served on the Chairman Committee, Investment Committee, Corporation Reorganization Committee and Medical Matters Committee. He was honored as the Miriam Hospital's Person of the year in 2006.   Victor had always been an ardent supporter of the University of RI. He was a trusted advisor and a critical advocate for the university and its promise to help improve the quality of life here in RI and across the nation. He established an endowed scholarship to support undergraduate students in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, created the Victor Baxt Chair in Polymer Engineering and supported construction of URI's Norman M. Fain Hillel Center. He also publicly promoted successful passage of the 2010 RI bond referendum to build URI's new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. For his lifelong commitment to making a difference in the community and for his outstanding business leadership and philanthropy, the University of RI awarded Victor a Doctorate of Science in May, 2011   Victor was also an active member of the Jewish community in Providence and has served on the boards of the Jewish Federation, Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Home for the Aged, the Jewish Seniors Agency, the Tamarisk Home and others.   Victor is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gussie (Weinberg, Chusmir) Baxt; son Robert Chusmir and his wife Judy; son Michael Chusmir and his wife Deborah; three granddaughters, Jodi King, Tracie Curran and Kimberly Chusmir; five great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Danny, Rachel, Matthew and Charles; and many loving nieces and nephews. Victor was previously married to the late Edna (Gilman) Baxt.   His funeral will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, October 10th at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave, Providence, RI. Burial will be at the Temple Beth-EI Cemetery, 401 Reservoire Ave, Providence, followed by a reception at Laurelmead, 355 Blackstone Blvd., Providence. Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 10th from 7-9PM and Thursday, October 11th from 2-4PM and 7-9PM at Victor's late residence at Laurelmead. A contribution in memory of Victor Baxt to a charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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October 17, 2012

To the Baxt family, I truly will miss Mr. Baxt. His visits to the Haywood Company in Brownsville TN, made me feel honored to have known him. May his quiet and gentle spirit shine continually in our hearts.
Brenda C. Sanderlin
Former Receptionist, the Haywood Company

Tina Soares

October 14, 2012

Dear Baxt Family, I had the pleasure of working with Victor for 27+ yeas. He was one of the most sincere, ambitius and fascinating individual I had the pleasure to know. Truly an inspirational spirit. I wish him much peace and glory. My deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends. Tina Soares, Formely Teknor Apex Corporate offices.

Sarabeth Berman

October 12, 2012

I feel so incredibly privileged to have know Uncle Victor. He had incredible pizzaz and spunk. Having him at Evan and my wedding last summer was so special. I loved hearing stories of his travels and the time he spent in China during the war. What an incredible man whom the world will miss.

Don Bolton

October 11, 2012

Victor would visit the Hebronville plant now & then, & when he did, he always had a kind word for everyone! A kind & generous man, well respected! Will be missed by many,R.I.P Victor!

Richard Rubin

October 10, 2012

My earliest memory of my mom's cousin Victor, his wife Gussie and their two boys, Michael and Bob, was in their home in Providence RI, forty some odd years ago. We only saw each other a handful of time since then, including here in Israel. But one time was enough to forever know cousin Victor as a fun, energetic, kind, loving and giving person. May his memory be a blessing for all.

Bob Mauritz

October 10, 2012

Dear Gussie and all of Victor's family,

I will miss Victor very much. I have known him for 30 years at Teknor Apex. He used to love to drive the 2 hours from Charlotte, NC to Teknor's plant in South Carolina, smoking a cigar and enjoying the beauty of the peach blossoms on the way. He was a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with. He always had time to stop and talk to me. May God grant him eternal rest and may the perpetual Light shine upon him. I pray that God will comfort and sustain you all during this difficult time.

Dan Waltcher

October 10, 2012

Victor and my dad, Irv Waltcher, were classmates at URI, fellow chemists and lifelong friends. I have fond memories of visits from the Baxts to our Newport home over the many summers of my youth. I have also come to learn through reading about Victor's life how incredibly generous and charitable he and Gussie were, which should be a model to us all. My deepest sympathies to Gussie and the entire Baxt family.

Susette Rabinowitz

October 10, 2012

Kind,inspirational,visionary,philanthropist and a loving husband,father and grandfather.
He will be missed.
Susette Rabinowitz

Judy Phillips and family

October 10, 2012

Aunt Gussie, Michael, Bobby, abd family,
my heartfelt and deepest sympathy to your loss of a most wonderful, kind, and generous man. I know that my mother would ve overwhelmed with grief. She always had the highest praiuse anbd admiration for Victor.

Frank Maher

October 10, 2012

Dear Gussie and family,

My condolences on the loss of Victor. He was a great man, with wit and style who supported so many worthwhile causes but more importantly will be remembered for his kindness.

Our community has truly lost a great man.

With sympathy,
Frank Maher