Dr. Sarabeth Walker, 80, died December 20, 2012, at Cokesbury Village, in Hockessin of complications from a stroke.
A longtime Wilmington pediatrician, Dr. Walker was born Sarabeth Trinkle on June 7, 1932, in Weston, WV, the daughter of a local surgeon, Dr. Edwin A. Trinkle, and his wife, the former Ada Constance Martin. The second of the Trinkles two daughters, she was an active athlete and gifted student who competed in horse shows and enjoyed golf and tennis.
At 14, she transferred from Weston schools to boarding school at Southern Seminary and Junior College in Buena Vista, VA. After graduation from Southern Seminary, she attended Indiana University and was a medical student at West Virginia University for two years before finishing her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, in 1957, where she was one of only four female medical students in her class and one of only two who completed their training.
Dr. Walker did her internship in internal medicine at the Atlantic City Hospital in Atlantic City, NJ, and began residency at the Wilmington Hospital in Wilmington. Dr. Walker then did a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore and was a member of the Harriet Lane Alumni Society of the hospital's Children's Center.
After marriage to Charles Walker, a Wilmington internist, she opened a private pediatric practice in Wilmington with an office on Delaware Avenue, which she managed until illness forced her retirement in 1987.
Dr. Walker subsequently joined the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University Medical School and served as the coordinator of the schools students' clinical rotations at both A.I. Du Pont Children's Hospital and Christiana Care until her retirement in 2009.
An avid art collector and music lover, Dr. Walker was a generous supporter of several local artists and a longtime fan of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her only sister, Joan Keener of Arlington, TX, and her companion of many years, Dr. Arnold Mittleman. She leaves behind many loving and loyal friends, devoted former patients and colleagues.
A memorial service for Dr. Walker will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Road, Greenville, with a reception immediately following in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Dr. Walker's memory can be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown. MD 21741-5030 (doctorswithoutborders.org) or Partners In Health P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578 (donate.pih.org).
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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 6, 2013