“The Cedars is most grateful to Bob Baldwin for his significant leadership, his expertise, and his ability to work with people in the senior years of their life.”

After serving The Cedars as vice president for housing and wellness, Bob Baldwin will work his last official day on April 6.

Baldwin shared that he has been associated with The Cedars ever since he was a little kid. Aunts and uncles, both parents, and his in-laws were all Cedars residents.

He has the highest esteem for the quality of care residents experience.

Twelve years ago, a friend who had the position was retiring. Baldwin thought this was something he could do, so he applied for and was hired for the job. When asked what is the biggest change he experienced over his time at The Cedars, Baldwin replied, “we offer our residents not only a place to live but one where they interact as a community. I have seen the addition of the Café, the Wellness and Fitness Centers, the pool, and other amenities which support quality of life.” Baldwin has facilitated weekly van runs to Dillons and WalMart for those who do not drive. He adds, “My position helps with the move from independent living to assisted living. The goal has been to provide as smooth a transition as possible to the next level of care. These changes can be very difficult for the resident to accept and work through.”

Carma Wall, CEO, stated, “The Cedars is most grateful to Bob Baldwin for his significant leadership, his expertise, and his ability to work with people in the senior years of their life.”

The public is invited to Baldwin’s retirement party on April 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in The Cedars Conference Center.

When asked what he wants to be remembered for, Baldwin replied, “I try to help people, to provide good service and support as people transition through life.”

Baldwin has frequently been asked by residents, what do you plan next? He answers. “Play lots of golf and travel through the U.S. with my wife Sandy. I love to drive and while working have never been able to take my time going from point A to point B. One of my goals is to drive the Alaskan Highway up and back over several months, following the mountain ranges.”

Baldwin was raised on the family farm in McPherson County. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1971 and in 1975 earned a degree from Kansas State University, majoring in Animal Science.

Until 1984 Bob farmed with his family and later worked as service manager for the local John Deere dealership, managed and coordinated the development of Turkey Creek Golf Course, and owned and operated a lawn sprinkler design and installation company here in McPherson.