Richard “Dick” Walker was born December 2, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, in 1950 and Emory Medical School in 1953. During his internship in Memphis, Tennessee at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, John Gaston Hospital he met a student nurse, Carolyn and they married in 1954. He joined the Navy in 1955 serving on active and then active reserve duty until 1976. He completed his pathology training during this time, becoming professor of pathology at the University of Tennessee. He relocated with his family to Birmingham, Michigan, in 1970, where he served as chief of Blood Banking and Transfusion Services at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan. He was active in teaching and involved in the major professional pathology medical societies during his career. He retired in 1995 and he and Carolyn moved to Fleet Landing, Jacksonville, Florida, in 1996.
In this next chapter of his life, he enjoyed volunteering and serving at Fleet Landing, Palms Presbyterian Church, the Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport, and community theaters and the Jacksonville Symphony.
His interests varied and they were developed and shared with great enthusiasm, which endeared him to his family and friends.
Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Carolyn; sister, Tempe(Jimmy) ; sisters-in-law Eugenia and Lois; son, Bruce(Betsy); daughters Lynn, Cara( Jeffrey), Leah(Omar); grandchildren Patrick(Taylor), Sarah, Corey(Matt), Kelly, Sam, Alana, Megan, Marshall, Jackson; great grandchildren Mitchel, Ava, Aliyah, Lucien; and many nieces and nephews.
He died peacefully at Fleet Landing on July 23, 2021 at the age of 92.
A private family service will be held at Palms Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville Beach.