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Mr. Emery Walker, Dean of Admission at Harvey Mudd College and Claremont McKenna College, Dies at Age 81

Mr. Walker died on June 22 in Claremont.  Mr Walker's wife Dorothy passed away in 1996.  Mr. Walker was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1917.  He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1935. 

 
CLAREMONT, Calif.- Emery Walker, Jr., dean of admission and financial aid
emeritus for Harvey Mudd College and Claremont McKenna College, died on
Tuesday, June 22, in Claremont. Walker served both Harvey Mudd and
Claremont McKenna colleges as dean of admission and financial aid from 1957
to 1982. He was also the first to hold that position at Harvey Mudd College
and only the third administrative appointee to HMC.
        Walker is survived by his son, Emery III, and his daughter, Dale
Getz. Walker's wife, Dorothy, passed away in June 1996. Private services
will be held by his family.
        Said President Jack Stark of Claremont McKenna College, "While
there were many milestones in Emery's long career at CMC and HMC, he will
always be remembered for his belief in the thousands of prospective
students he interviewed, his search for relevancy and diversity in the
student population, and his thoughtful evaluation of candidates for
admission to the college he represented."
        Walker worked in college admissions for 40 years. Before coming to
Claremont, Walker was dean of admission at Brown University, where he had
previously earned his bachelor's and master's degrees.
        In 1983, Walker was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws
by Claremont McKenna College. He was also a member of the board of
governors of the Harvey MuddCollege Galileo Society.
        Walker was a member of the board of trustees of the College Board
from 1969 to 1972. When he retired, the College Board voted him the Edward
S. Noyes Award for service and elected him an Honorary Member-at-Large.
        Walker had also been a member of the National Association of
College Admission Counselors, the National Merit Scholarship Selection
Committee, the California State Scholarship Committee, the Disney
Scholarship Committee, and a trustee of three private secondary schools. He
was co-founder and first president of the Western Association of College
Admission Counselors, and received the association's Gayle Wilson Award for
service.
        Instead of flowers, Walker's family requests that donations be
given to the Mt. San Antonio Gardens retirement community in Claremont,
Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, or the Brown University
Water Polo Endowment.
        Harvey Mudd College is a coeducational institution of engineering,
science, and mathematics that also places strong emphasis on humanities and
the social sciences. The college's aim is to graduate engineers and
scientists sensitive to the impact of their work on society. HMC ranks
among the nation's leading schools in percentage of graduates who earn
Ph.D. degrees. It is the pioneer of the internationally known Clinic
Program, established in 1963.
        Harvey Mudd College is a member of The Claremont College
Consortium, the first consortium of colleges in the United States, which
offers students the expansive physical facilities and wide selection of
courses, faculty, student services and extracurricular activities of a
university, and the small classes and personalized education of a small
private college. The Consortium includes Pomona College (established in
1887), Claremont Graduate University (1925), Scripps College (1926),
Claremont McKenna College (1946), Harvey Mudd College (1955), Pitzer
College (1963), and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science
(1997).

Emery R. Walker, Jr., a resident of Claremont, Calif., for 42
years, died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at his home in Mount San Antonio
Gardens.
        Mr. Walker was born in Oak Park, Ill., in 1917 and graduated from
Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1935. Four years later, he
graduated from Brown University, an English major. He was captain of the
swimming team, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his Master of Arts
there.
        After college, Mr. Walker became an agent for the Equitable Life
Assurance Society in Chicago. In 1940 he married his high school
sweetheart, Dorothy Agnew, also of Oak Park. The couple lived in Oak Park
for two years.
        In 1942 Mr. Walker accepted the post of Admission Officer at his
alma mater, Brown University, and the couple moved to Providence, Rhode
Island. This was the beginning of his 40-year career in the field of
college admission and financial aid. In 1946 Mr. Walker was appointed Dean
of Admission at Brown, serving in that capacity until 1957.
        In 1957 Mr. Walker became Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at
Claremont McKenna College and Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. He
was the first full-time admission officer at CMC, then in its 11th year,
and the third administrative appointee at newly opened Harvey Mudd College.
He served the two colleges as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid until his
retirement in 1982.
        Mr. Walker was active in the two professional organizations for
college admission officers. He represented first Brown, then CMC and HMC,
on the College Board. In 1969-72, he was a member of its board of trustees
and served on the executive committee. When he retired, the organization
voted him the Edward S. Noyes Award for service and elected him an Honorary
Member-at-Large.
        Mr. Walker was also a long-time member of the National Association
of College Admission Counselors, serving from 1959-63 on its Executive
Board; and he was president of the Association in 1961-62. He was
co-founder and first president of the Western Association of College
Admission Counselors (WACAC). In 1979, the WACAC voted him the Gayle Wilson
Award for service.
        In 1964-65 Mr. Walker was a member of the National Merit
Scholarship Selection Committee. In 1970 he was appointed by Governor
Ronald Reagan to the California State Scholarship Committee and served on
in until 1978. He was a member of the Disney Scholarship Committee
(financial aid for employees' children) from its beginning in 1965 and was
a trustee of three private secondary schools at various times.
        In 1983, Walker was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws
by Claremont McKenna College. He was also a member of the board of
governors of the Harvey Mudd College Galileo Society.
        Mr. and Mrs. Walker moved into Mount San Antonio Gardens, a
retirement community in Claremont, in 1991. His wife, Dorothy, passed away
in June 1996. Walker is survived by his daughter, Dale, and son-in-law,
Ellery Getz, of Kailua, Hawaii, and by his son and daughter-in-law, Emery
III and Helen Walker of Ojai, California; by his sister-in-law, Mary Welch,
also a resident of Mount San Antonio Gardens, and by two nieces and their
families. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mr. San Antonio
Gardens, CMC, HMC, or the Brown University Water Polo Endowment.
 
 



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