George M. Walker Jr.
George was born on 25 October 1929
in Tamaqua, Pa. A resident of Mahanoy City, Pa., until he entered the
military in 1948, he served for seven years and was a Korean War
veteran. He reenrolled at Penn State where he earned his BA in 1961, MA
in 1963 and PhD in 1968. As part of his doctoral program he spent two
years in Ibadan, Nigeria and was involved in creating the Institute of
Public Administration and as an instructor for their initial class. An
instructor in Political Science at Penn State, he then joined the
faculty of the School of Public Health, University of Michigan and later
The School of Public Health, University of Texas at Houston as a
faculty member in International Health and the Administrative and
Behavioral Sciences from 1969 until his retirement in 1996. He retired
as founding dean of the Master of Public Health program at the
University of Texas, El Paso.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years,
Janet Wolfe Walker, son George of Albuquerque, NM, son Greg of Spring,
Texas (born in Ibadan, Nigeria), a granddaughter, Kristin (Blake Bynum)
and great granddaughter Faith Nicole Bynum; brother William, Merced,
Calif., brother Bruce (Vida), San Angelo, TX, and sister Edith
Funicello, Utica, New York and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He
is predeceased by his parents George and Mary Tenant Walker, and sister
Mary Paine, Lebanon, Pa.
He and his wife particularly enjoyed hiking
and travelling. They hiked and walked in national parks throughout the
U.S., but particularly enjoyed the Franklin Mountains in El Paso, and
almost every trail in the Big Bend National Park, Texas, their favorite
repeat vacation location. They travelled through many cities in Mexico,
most of West Europe, the Caribbean, including the Panama Canal, all the
Mediterranean nations, the Baltic Sea capitals, Turkey, Greece, the
nations of the Adriatic Sea, China, Russia, and Canada. Both experienced
a deep spiritual renewal travelling in Egypt.
A long-term Red Cross
volunteer in Houston, George helped to pioneer the national HIV/AIDS
program as an instructor/trainer. He also trained as an International
Delegate for the International Red Cross, later served as Chair of the
Red Cross Chapter in El Paso for six years. A long time researcher and
practitioner of public health along the U.S.-Mexico border, he held
multiple positions in the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Association,
including a term as President. He helped establish the internationally
renowned Maternal and Child Health Residency Program at the University
of Nuevo Leon, Monterey, Mexico. Active in addiction treatment and
prevention programs, he served as Treasurer and later President of the
West Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in El Paso, and as
President of the El Paso Recovery Alliance. He was a consultant to the
Pan American Health Organization and served as a consultant to the USAID
health development program in Damascus, Syria and travelled extensively
there. He was an active volunteer with the Ft. Bliss Alcohol and Drug
Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program for twenty years.
great pleasure in family and friends and was committed to giving back to
the community, which gave him the opportunity to serve.
Private memorial service to be held in Pennsylvania.