Notable 2014 deaths in Tennessee include Seigenthaler, Baker

John Seigenthaler
John Seigenthaler

By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – On June 26, former Senate majority leader Howard Baker, who famously asked during the Watergate hearings, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” died at the age of 88.

John Seigenthaler, who edited The Tennessean, helped shape USA Today and founded the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, died July 11 at 86.

In between came the July 1 death of 79-year-old Stephen Gaskin, who led a caravan of hippies from California to Tennessee establish one of the country’s longest lasting communes.

Baker served as chief of staff to Ronald Regan. Seigenthaler worked for the Kennedy administration. Gaskin once sought the Green Party nomination for president.

These three very different men, who died over a three-week period, were among the most prominent Tennesseans lost in 2014.

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