It was over trays of chemicals and piles of photo paper in a dark room that Baxter and Cristina Tharin first met at the University of Georgia.
“As a science major, I stuck out like a sore thumb in that photography class,” Baxter jokes. “My classmates were amused that I’d arrive early to mix the bath of chemicals for developing negatives. I was a chemistry major, after all.”
The pair took advantage of all that UGA offered. Cristina was a member of Delta Epsilon Iota and Phi Kappa Phi, and served as general manager of WUOG-FM, the student-run radio station.
Baxter, an Honors student, spent most of his time preparing for chemistry exams, but participated in the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program, conducted organic chemistry research, and joined University Round Table discussions.
The couple now has two sons, Charlie, 11, and Davis, 9. Baxter’s career in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps led the family to recently relocate from Las Vegas to Anchorage, Alaska, where he serves as a radiologist at Joint Base Elemendorf Richardson. Baxter was named a UGA 40 Under 40 honoree in 2015.
“It is gratifying to provide health care to the men and women who protect our freedom,” Baxter says. “UGA prepared me for my career by helping me develop critical thinking skills, honing my interest in scientific exploration, and broadening my understanding of topics ranging from the social sciences to the arts.”