Robert A. J. Walker, a lifelong Boy Scout and former university dean, died quietly on Dec. 5 in Wilton. Mr. Walker was a recent transplant to Wilton with his wife of 25 years, Elisabeth Allen Walker.
Mr. Walker was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1928 to Fred and Joyse Walker from Yorkshire, England. He was active in the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Life, as a Sea Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a Scout leader, adviser, committeeman, and sponsor and remained active in Pennsylvania and Maryland scouting. His interest in camping and the out-of-doors sparked a lifelong birding passion.
Mr. Walker was a decorated World War II veteran serving in both the Air Force and Navy. He was a “plank owner” (original crew) on the destroyer Robert L. Wilson. After his service, he attended and graduated from Temple University with a degree in chemistry. In 1991, he received a master’s degree in history, also from Temple University. Mr. Walker retired after a long, successful career at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, where he held posts as a vice president and the dean of students.
A quiet man with a wry sense of humor, Mr. Walker is survived by his wife; four daughters (Joyse Wobensmith, Nancy Jean Perkins, Jennifer Walker, and Molly Walker); two stepdaughters (Doon Allen Foster and Dana Allen); 15 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Sheila Purpura; and numerous friends.
A memorial service was held in Wilton. Tributes will also be held in Willow Grove, Pa., and Princess Anne, Md.
Gifts in honor of Mr. Walker may be made to the Audubon Society through its website, www.support.adubon.org, or to Susanna Scallion, Audubon Maryland-DC, 2901 E. Baltimore Street, Box 2, Baltimore MD 21224.