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The Life And Legacy Of Black American Entrepreneur, Lorraine Patricia Baa

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Lorraine Patricia Baa, a commentator, entrepreneur, and cancer cure advocate, was born on February 1, 1953, in Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands, to Orlando J. Baa, Sr. from the Danish West Indies (now the United States Virgin Islands) and Rosalia Potter Baa from Anegada, British Virgin Islands. Enid Maria Baa, a renowned bibliophile born in the Danish West Indies (on her father’s side), Orlando J. Baa, Jr., and her younger sister, Louise Baa, were her siblings.

Baa graduated from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School on St. Thomas in 1971, where she was a member of the school’s Concert Mixed Chorus and studied opera and ballet. She had always wanted to be a member of Fisk University’s Fisk Jubilee Singers in Nashville, Tennessee. She enrolled as a Museology/Museum Studies major in 1973 and pledged the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 1975, Baa earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

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Baa returned to St. Thomas in 1975 and joined the St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the St. Thomas Rotary Club. She won the title of Miss United States Virgin Islands and represented the territory at the Miss Universe pageant in 1976. She did commercials for radio station WSTA and was an annual co-host for the VI Carnival parade in St. Thomas with Addie Ottley. Friends International Christian University in Merced, California, awarded her a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in 2010.

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In 2011, Baa was installed as the 33rd President of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II and the seventh woman to lead the local branch of this international organization.

In 2016, Baa served as President of Baa & Company LLC, a consulting firm, while also managing her Footlocker franchise in Charlotte Amalie. The 70’s Classes of the Decade, a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships to high-achieving graduating high school students and military veterans in need, held their second talent show at Charlotte Amalie High School on Saturday night in 2017. Baa opened the show as a vocalist, performing “At Last!” from Etta James’ Studio album.

Lorraine Baa International, a cancer organization in Victorville, California, was founded in 2020 by Baa as an advocate for the cancer campaign. She was instrumental in raising more than $5 million for the construction of the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute in the US Virgin Islands.

Lorraine Patricia Baa, the mother of Richard Daniel Gidron III and who has never used her married name, died of cancer on November 4, 2021, in Victorville, California. She was 68 years old.

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