WALKER--Doug, 1948-2013. Philadelphia banker and philanthropic activist Doug Walker of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania died at home on November 22 after a three-year illness. He was 65. Doug grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and attended Deerfield Academy and Princeton University. He began his banking career at Morgan Stanley, earned his MBA at Harvard, and in 1978 joined Brown Brothers Harriman. Doug was 29 when he took over Brown Brothers' then struggling Philadelphia office. He stayed for 32 years, becoming a partner and transforming the office into a significant factor in the company's success. He was an innovative manager, encouraging his team to collaborate across different lines of business--an approach that influenced firm-wide practices. Doug was especially happy about his role as mentor to generations of young bankers. His many friends and colleagues at Brown Brothers remember him as thoughtful, compassionate and fiercely loyal to both the people he managed and the interests of the firm's clients. Doug played a leading role in Philadelphia's philanthropic community for three decades. He served on the boards of more than 20 different non-profit organizations, primarily in the fields of land preservation and natural history research. Doug loved Africa. His support of girl's education in Kenya involved many trips to that country, and led to his induction as an Elder of the nomadic Samburu tribe. His care for the planet and its inhabitants also included his seven dogs. They loved and trusted him in return. Doug planned to devote his retirement to his African work, but his illness intervened. He retired in 2011 to spend his remaining time with his wife, Jane Walker, and his three children, Olivia, Colin and Madeline.
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 25, 2013