WALLACE EARL WALKER, Ph.D. Dr. W. Earl Walker is Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus at The Citadel School of Business. He retired in 2014 as Professor or Management and Leadership. In 2018, he founded and is directing The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program. He also was COO of the Business School Mentors Association. He retired in July 2007 as the Founding Dean of the Citadel School of Business Administration. He has also served as the President of The Rotary Club of Charleston and on the Boards of many organizations in the Lowcountry. Previously he served as Dean and Professor of the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri and Dean and Professor of Management in the School of Business at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Previously he was Director of Training at McLane Company in Temple, Texas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-Mart.
|He was also Professor of Public Policy, Program Director, and Division Chair in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point for 18 years. In addition, he was a line Army officer. He retired in 1993 as an Army Colonel after 26 years of service. He was a 1967 Distinguished Graduate (summa cum laude) and Phi Kappa Phi from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Also, he is the author of three books and over 25 articles on leadership, organizations, defense policy making, the presidency, and Congress. As an Army officer, he graduated with distinction from every level of military schooling through the National War College; he is also a graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College. Finally, he has actively served four Episcopal congregations since he joined the Church in 1982 as a senior warden, vestry member, lay duties coordinator, lay reader, and chalice bearer. |
Earl has been married to Susan Porter Walker for over 50 years, and they have two children, Allen and Kathryn. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and has served as an archivist, medical librarian, and a children’s librarian. She is a Master Gardener, docent at the Edmondston Alston House in Charleston, was a docent at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and at the San Antonio Museum of Art and a tour guide for West Point Tours.
Allen is a Regular Army Colonel, airborne and ranger qualified, commanded an Army signal battalion, has commanded an airborne signal company, and is assigned in Washington, DC. He has had tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ghana.
Kathryn is an attorney. She graduated the College of William and Mary with honors in business administration and information technology systems and is a cum laude graduate of Michigan School of Law. She has also served as a law clerk at a federal appeals court in Washington, DC. Before attending law school, she worked with a consulting firm in Washington, DC. She currently practices law at Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan.
After high school I graduated from Northwestern University in 1966. During my senior year I learned that one of my friends from Decatur had moved to Chicago. We started dating and in 1967 I married Linda and we will celebrate our 54 th anniversity in April.
The day after our honeymoon I left Linda for 10 weeks of Air Force officer training school in San Antonio Texas. I did this to avoid being drafted in to the Army. The first two years we spent in Louisiana where the only productive we did was to give birth to my son Benjamin. The next year I was stationed in Korat Thailand where I flew 70 intelligence missions over Laos and Vietnam. I was in the back of the plane doing intelligence stuff. Linda and Ben were able to get to Korat and live in a hotel downtown. Korat had mostly mud and cows in the streets. But the hotel was ok with air conditioning and a pool and I was able to sleep with them about half the nights. Because of my flight schedule we were able to take a 3 hour cab ride down to Bangkok.
|The last year in the Air Force I was stationed near Sacramento where I was to teach to new officers how to do what did in Korat. But there was no students so Linda and I had our second son Jason.|
We moved to Ann Arbor Michigan to enter the U of M. School of Public Health. I had always wanted to do health policy and this was the place to be. We loved those 2 years and I actually studied and finished first in my class.
In the fall of 1973 I got my policy job in the US Public Health Service (NIH, CDC, FDA, and other stuff) working in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health who headed up the PHS. Over the years I worked my way up to be the highest career individual as Deputy in a policy office of 40. In between political appointees I was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy.
Over two decades I had the good fortune to be involved in the development of policy in such issues as HIV, Infant Mortality, and many other critical health issues. I loved my job, my staff, and the opportunity to have some influence on the health of our nation.
During this time Linda and I raised two great sons who eventually became Vice Presidents in their respective fields. Ben as VP of Operations in a computer company, and Jason as VP for Sales and Fan Services for the Washington Redskins.
And Linda became the Founder and Owner of Custom Safaries–selected by Conde Nast as the best safari company in the US. For over a decade. She has offices in Bethesda, Chicago,Nairobi, and Rwonda. In addition over the years we and our sons,our grand kids and two couples from grad school travelled the world and loved every minute of it.
Most recently for the past 12 years I have been the Executive Director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, a national organization of HIV practitioners. It has been an honor to work with such dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists and a spectacular staff.
I now have retired and feel fulfilled that my life has been spent raising a great family and contributed to the health of our citizens
Greetings friends and classmates,
Thanks to promptings from Randy, I finally wrote a biographical piece for the new class webpage. I’m sure that everyone appreciates the hard work and time it took volunteers to create the new website.
During the past few weeks, I have been thinking about those good-old-days in Decatur. I entered kindergarten at Dennis School in 1949. We lived only a half block from Dennis on Taylor Street and my Mom walked me to kindergarten to make sure I got across Wood Street in one piece. I still have the class pictures from each year at Dennis and amazingly can pick out some of my favorites from each. After surviving sixth grade with the Mr. Sanders I moved on to Woodrow Wilson Junior High School followed by MacArthur. Many of the classmates that I graduated with in 1962 are in my kindergarten class picture in 1949!
In 1962 I enrolled at SIU along with several others from Decatur. Dave Hoyt was one of my freshman roommates in a four man room in Felts Hall, Thompson Point, in Carbondale. After a false start in forestry, I majored in Marketing in the School of Business. In 1967 I graduated from SIU with a B.S. degree in Marketing.
I secured a position with Wilson & Company through an on-campus job fair. The week after my last final I was working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa learning the meat packing business. I missed the SIU graduation ceremony and was mailed my diploma, which was anti-climactic after five years of studies and college social activities.
During my 14 year career with Wilson, I married and we had two wonderful daughters, Susan and Amy. We lived in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, Illinois as well as Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1981 along with a fellow manager at Wilson, we resigned our positions and founded H&M Marketing, Inc., a food brokerage company specializing in meat and deli products. For 24 years we represented food companies in Midwest markets before I pulled the plug in 2005.
We always enjoyed camping in the North Country and became fond of northern Michigan. In 2001 we purchased a lakefront cottage on Fife Lake, near Traverse City & Lake Michigan. We spent the next four years traipsing 350 miles between Fife Lake & Wheaton and planning our retirement. The day I retired we made one last trip north and stayed.
By keeping a daily journal, I developed an interest in writing. I submitted several articles to the Decatur Herald & Review which were published. This lit a flame that landed me a column in the Traverse City Record Eagle. Writing two nostalgia/human interest columns per month, twenty-four per year keeps a guy busy! I couldn’t have done it without the editing talents of my wife, Dian. I wrote for eleven years then retired to have more time to travel, enjoy our lake, entertain family and friends plus operate my amateur radio station. On Labor Days one might find me walking across the five mile long Mackinac Bridge, an annual event until COVID.
We are very blessed and enjoy a peaceful and simple life on a beautiful clear north woods lake surrounded by forests and abundant wildlife including bears, deer, bobcats, coyotes, loons, eagles and even an occasional mountain lion. We enjoy feeding the birds, boating and fishing and entertaining guests. Our health thankfully is good and we are striving to keep it that way.
Best Wishes and Good Health to All
To all 1962 MHS classmates, greetings!
After graduating from MacArthur, I went on to attend Millikin, earning a BA in 1967, and then an MA from Wichita State University in 1972. During this time, I served with the US Army for 2 years in Berlin.
Since 1978 I have been living in the Dallas Texas area. I moved here to embark on what would become my life’s work, building pipe organs for churches. This has been an extremely interesting and rewarding career. One of life’s greatest satisfactions has been seeing and hearing the fruits of my labors, and hoping that these will give enjoyment to listeners for many years to come. All this has involved considerable travel: I have helped build and install organs all over the US. At one time the company I worked for had 12 employees. During the last years there were just me and one other person. We closed our workshop and both of us retired last spring.
While I’ve not gone down the marriage/family path, and have no close relatives remaining, I’m not lonely by any means. I count friends throughout the US and in England, as my “family”.
I have sung with the same church choir since 1993. I’ve traveled to 44 states and 27 countries. I try to remain active: I bike and walk every day, belong to a local biking club and a walking/hiking club, and attend a twice-weekly yoga class (presently via Zoom) to keep fit. Every summer since 2012, I’ve looked forward to climbing and hiking in the Colorado mountains with a group of friends from Dallas. Since 1985 I’ve owned my home in Garland Texas. I don’t have a TV, but I like tending the garden, taking online college courses and listening to educational podcasts, and visiting friends and neighbors.
I am happy to report that it’s been, on the whole, a very good life!
Best wishes to all,
Following an undistinguished high school career, I began to blossom at U of I, where I studied to be a French teacher. (How many other options were open to girls in those days?)
But luck and/or fate intervened – on several occasions.
After spending time in France, including a stint with ABC Sports at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, I wound up two months later back in the States, working for ABC News in New York as Science Editor Jules Bergman’s researcher. It all seemed very glamorous: trips to Cape Canaveral (Kennedy) for the Apollo space shots, to Houston for Mission Control and to Los Angeles to learn as much as I could about the lunar module from North American Rockwell. Then NPACT, the PBS public affairs arm, in Washington where I joined the early coverage of the Watergate affair.
Despite the undeniable fun and excitement of television, the superficiality of TV news left me unsatisfied. As France continued to call, I quit my job and moved in 1973 to what was to become my home for the rest of my life. Being in the right place at the right time, I was offered a position at Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Paris-based international wire service, where my later assignments ranged from Director of English-language Services to Bureau Chief and Regional Director based successively in Singapore, Hong Kong, Washington and Bangkok. Coverage highlights included coups in the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia, assorted economic and financial crises and profound changes to political systems and alliances in the Asia-Pacific region.
Fascinating and fulfilling work, as well as the many friendships forged through shared experiences, perhaps explain why I never felt the need to marry and “settle down”.
Now retired, I’m living in the south of France and still travel regularly to Southeast Asia, my second home.
Story of My Life
I arrived in Decatur in January, 1960, because my Dad had been transferred there to manage the brand new, downtown OSCO Drug store. Even though I entered MacArthur in the middle of our sophomore year, I remember finding it easy to meet and make friends. I learned a lot while there from teachers like Mr. Caudle, Mr. Green, Mr. Londrigan, Mr. Rudolph, and Mr. Smith. I especially enjoyed my time in Miss Burlison’s A Choir and Choraliers. Plus, participating in various assemblies at MacArthur introduced me to public speaking. Unfortunately, central Illinois was not a good place to live for someone with asthma. Our senior year, I missed so much school it’s amazing I even graduated, and the asthma got dramatically worse during the summer of 1962. At that time the understanding of and treatment of asthma was very limited. Finally, in July, our family physician told me I simply had to leave central Illinois. I’d already been accepted at the University of Illinois, but that was obviously not medically advisable. When my aunt and uncle in Mesa, Arizona learned about our physician’s advice, they suggested I apply to Arizona State University in Tempe. Amazingly, ASU accepted me even though I submitted my application just a few weeks before school started in August. So, from Decatur I was off to Tempe. With the help of my advisor, in two years at ASU, I was able to complete all the requirements for admission to the University of Illinois dental school. So, from Tempe, I was off to Chicago. During the four years I was there, I not only completed a BS degree, and earned a DDS degree but I also, almost completed a Master’s Degree in Physiology. Because of my marginal typing skills on what would now be called an old-fashioned typewriter, I was late turning in my Master’s thesis; so I did not officially receive the Master’s Degree until the next year. While in dental school, I applied to and was accepted into the periodontal residency program at Temple University beginning in the fall of 1968. But then, in my senior year, I was shocked and dismayed to receive a Selective Service draft notice in the mail. Fortunately, when the Army found out about the residency, they agreed to postpone active duty until I completed my specialty training. So, from Chicago, I was off to Philadelphia. The educational atmosphere at Temple was both welcoming and enlightening. Plus, it was there I met Doris, the love of my life and my wife now for 50 years. The U.S. Army took us to Ft. Hood, Texas and then to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Those years practicing periodontics in the Army were like a fellowship during which I continued to perfect my surgical skills. So, being drafted proved to be a blessing-in-disguise. As far as children are concerned, Doris has a daughter (Marie Elena) and we have a son (Cameron). I like to say they both help other people feel better. She’s a psychiatrist in New Jersey and he’s a wine maker in Napa, California. They each have two daughters whom we love dearly. But, we don’t see them as often as we’d like, since we live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and have done so for 48 years. New Mexico is a truly enchanting place with three distinct cultures (Anglo, Native American and Hispanic) blended together in a geography that varies from desert sand dunes to snowcapped mountain tops. I practiced as a Periodontist for 30 years, during most of that time it was difficult to take off much more than a long weekend because I could not justify doing surgery on a patient one day and then leaving on vacation the next day. After those 30 hectic but psychologically and professionally rewarding years, I retired in March, 2000. The intervening years have found us traveling all over the world, and making up for all the vacations we didn’t take while I was practicing. For 30 years I also taught part-time in the Dental Hygiene School at the University of New Mexico. It was fun watching the students learn to understand the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the mouth, while they worked to perfect their clinical skills. In retrospect, I think I would have enjoyed being on a dental school faculty in a post-graduate Periodontology Department where I could have practiced part-time, taught part-time and done research into periodontal diseases and treatment. But, that’s probably just an old man dreaming, because I’m way too independent to have ever survived the politics and the bureaucracy full-time faculty must endure. Well, that’s my story. I still fondly remember my time at MacArthur. And, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who made me feel welcome there. Tom Parry
My plans were to attend the University of Illinois after graduation, but, because of my mother’s health issues, I needed to remain in Decatur. I graduated from Millikin in 1966, and then earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Indiana University. Later I completed two executive education programs from Stanford. I have served on the Millikin Board of Trustees since 2016.
In 1967 I married my college sweetheart, Connie. Our family consists of our two daughters, five grandchildren, and three extended family children from Finland, Switzerland, and the Dominican Republic. Two of our extended family kids were AFS exchange students at our local high school.
I worked for one year as Asst. to the Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut before being drafted into the military, even though I was 24½ and married. I served for two years in the infantry and spent one year in Vietnam (1969-70). I wrote about my war experiences and the turmoil raging in our country in a book published in 2020 entitled Hate the War Honor the Soldier, Lessons from Vietnam.
After returning from Vietnam, I spent my business career in the printing and publishing industry first with 3M Company in Denver and Minnesota, and then with Compugraphic Corporation in San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, and finally Boston in 1982.
In 1986 I co-founded a software company with five people. This business, Monotype Imaging, grew to become one of the largest typeface development companies in the world, and I served as the CEO and Chairman of the Board. In 2007 we became a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ exchange, and I was proud that our employees were able to gain equity positions in the business.
My experiences in Vietnam and a subsequent business failure early in my career challenged my life priorities and my spiritual agnosticism. During the course of this difficult business situation, I became a committed Christian and, since then, have tried to live my life applying the teachings of loving the Lord and caring for others. Of course, I have not always succeeded in those endeavors, but they have always served as my goals.
Throughout my adult life I have been involved with various local and national Christian organizations. I loved working with my local church as a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher, a short-term missionary in Moldova teaching the Bible and English, and a church elder (the second graders required the most preparation!), In 2008, I went to Uganda with World Vision to work with local leaders helping children of war who had been rescued from abduction. I currently volunteer with PEER Servants, a Christian micro-finance organization working with local partners in ten of the poorest countries in the world.
In 2017, I published my memoirs, Heir to the Kingdom, Memoirs of Robert M. Givens, the first of my three books. After publishing the book on my Vietnam experiences in 2020, I wrote my first of what hopefully will be several children’s books, entitled Oliver the Outcast Otter, illustrated by my grandniece. I have enjoyed this second career as an author, although I am sure Mr. Stewart would be surprised.
Over the years we have lived in many regions of the U.S. including almost forty years in New England. But we are still Midwesterners at heart and enjoy returning to Illinois whenever possible.
(John) Stephen Kimmel
Decatur MacArthur Class of 1962 Website Bio
Greeting everyone. Thanks to Randy for all the hard work creating the class website. I’m embarrassed to admit I have not been in contact with anyone in the class for many years save for the occasional email from Randy and the one time I ran into Jim McFadden on an airplane coming back from Houston. Still the shy guy.
I was born in Columbus OH, grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, and moved to Decatur just prior to the start of our junior year in the fall of 1960 when my dad took a chemical engineering job at Staley’s. So I didn’t really get to know more than a handful of classmates well. After graduation I went to the U of I along with several others from the class: Janice Bear, Dick Wilson, Pete Jacobsen, and the Johnson boys as I remember. I earned a B.S. in Chemistry and then and an M.B.A.
In 1967 I married Carol Marie Wiesbrock from Sycamore whom I met at the U of I my senior year. After graduation I went to work for Shell Chemical in NYC and then had brief stints with them in Emeryville, CA and Oakbrook IL, the last two years as a sales rep covering northern IL and eastern WI. I then took a management consulting job in Chicago for two years. In 1974 I joined AkzoNobel, an international specialty chemicals manufacturer with North American headquarters in Chicago. I worked there as an executive until retirement in 2001.
Carol (mostly) and I raised four children, twin daughters and two sons – briefly in Glendale Heights and Buffalo Grove IL – and eventually in Evanston where we have resided since 1975. After retirement we moved our permanent residence to Amelia Island FL on the far northeast coast of the state. We have been keeping a small place in Evanston to spend summers with our three surviving children and their eight grandchildren.
Life after retirement in FL allowed me to pursue my passions of tennis, golf, and the beach. The past several years I have been partially disabled, so I have switched to cycling, swimming, tournament duplicate bridge, and back to school taking the occasional history class at the Univ. of North Florida in nearby Jacksonville. Life is busy and good … well not exactly good right now because of Covid … but just received our second vax shots, so looking up. I hope you are all safe and doing well.