Steve Woodring, a long-time friend who journeyed with Baylor throughout his struggle and made his last months so much more bearable for him, reported this about Baylor's passing:
Baylor's passing was swift and peaceful. He awoke in his home at 5 am and his sister was at his side to help him with his medication. He rose in bed, then slumped and was gone. His last weeks since returning from Seattle were blessedly free from pain, but getting enough oxygen had become impossible. I think his body just said "enough of this" and shut down. Baylor was spared the trauma and indignity of hospitals and "life support" at the end, which was how he wanted it.
A memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 443 South 5th Street, with visitation following immediately in the undercroft of the Cathedral. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts have been requested to be sent to the Nature Conservancy, Kentucky Chapter, 642 W. Main Street Lexington, Kentucky, 40508; or the Great Yellowstone Coalition, PO Box 1874, Bozeman, Montana. 58771. If you would like to send a note of remembrance, e-mail or mail it to me and I will deliver it to his sister, Dr. Elizabeth E. Landrum, and brother, Rev. Wallis Landrum.
In her book "Guide My Feet," Marian Wright Edelman penned this prayer:
Lord, help me not to be a taker but a tender, Lord, help me not to be a whiner but a worker, Lord, help me not to be a getter but a giver, Lord, help me not to be a hindrance but a help. Lord, help me not to be a critic but a catalyst for good.
Baylor gave freely to the environmental movement in our state his unique combination of a no-nonsense, business sense and a passion for the environment, and was indeed a "catalyst for good." Until that time when we see Baylor again, in a place that knows no leavetaking, let us recommit ourselves in his honor and memory to the task at hand of seeking and doing justice in environmental matters.