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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
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
Emery R. Walker, Jr., a resident of Claremont, Calif., for 42
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