Eleanor Baker (LL.M. '80) honored with 2013 Deborah Morton Award


PORTLAND, Maine – Baker Newman Noyes’ managing principal, Ellie Baker was honored earlier this week with the University of New England’s 52nd Annual Deborah Morton Award for her demonstrated leadership as a Maine businesswoman and as a role model for future generations.

The Deborah Morton Award is given annually, honoring the achievements of women in Maine. The award is specifically presented to those women who have achieved high distinction in their careers, or who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in civic, cultural or social causes. The 52nd annual Convocation and Awards Ceremony was hosted at the University of New England’s Portland campus.

Baker, co-founder of accounting and advisory firm Baker Newman Noyes, serves as managing principal. In addition, she is an active member of the Maine community, serving as trustee on numerous boards. Exemplifying her commitment to the health and well-being of this area, Baker maintains constant involvement in many charitable organizations, serving as a respected model for other businesswomen to follow.

“I am greatly honored to receive this award, and join the ranks of such an esteemed group of Maine women.  Through this Society, we can teach and prepare young women to become the next generation of leaders in Maine,” said Baker.

The Deborah Morton Convocation and Awards Ceremony is presented by the University of New England Board of Trustees and the Deborah Morton Society’s Steering Committee.

About Ellie Baker
Ellie Baker co-founded the accounting and advisory firm Baker Newman Noyes. She has served as vice chairman and Director of Tax, and is currently the managing principal. She serves as trustee of the University of Maine System, the University of Maine Law School Foundation and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.  She is also a trustee, finance chair and member of the executive committee of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Board of Governors at the Portland Country Club.  Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine, a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.

About Baker Newman Noyes
Baker Newman Noyes is known regionally and nationally as a leader in the accounting and consulting profession, with offices throughout New England in Boston, Manchester, Portland, and Portsmouth. The firm supports a variety of clients with a special focus on healthcare, banking and financial services, not-for-profit, public sector entities, privately held and family-owned businesses, and high net worth individuals. As an independent member firm of Baker Tilly International, Baker Newman Noyes works with clients and other independent member firms around the globe.

About the Deborah Morton Award
The Deborah Morton award, first presented in 1961, was the first annual award in Maine to honor women’s achievements, specifically those who have achieved high distinction in their careers and public service or whose leadership in civic, cultural or social causes has been exceptional. The award was named in memory of Deborah Morton of Round Pond, Maine, valedictorian of the 1879 class of the Westbrook Seminary. Morton was a teacher, dean, linguist, historian and prominent Portland civic leader whose service to Westbrook College spanned more than 60 years. The award has honored more than 180 Maine women in the past 52 years including Margaret Chase Smith, May Sarton, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dahlov Ipcar and former Maine First Lady Mary Herman.