Russell "Pete" Walker, age 82, died January 3, 2014, at home in Anchorage. Russ was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1953 and was a Korean War Veteran. He earned his Jurisprudence Degree at the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in 1959.
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While a County Counsel in San Diego, Russ married Keren Chamberlain in 1964; they launched their 18-month honeymoon from Tijuana, heading south through Central America by bus and then to Europe. After returning to the US, Russ and Keren had their daughter Johanna and moved to Majuro, Marshall Islands, where Russ was Assistant Attorney General for the Marshall Islands District of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1971 to 1975. Upon return to San Diego, CA, Russ maintained a private practice and his son Russell Benjamin was born.
Russ and Keren have been in Alaska since 1979, when they moved to Ketchikan. Russ was the City and Borough Attorney for the Ketchikan from 1979 until 1990, when he moved to Anchorage to work for the law firm of Preston, Gates, and Ellis.
Russ was a lifelong adventurer and world traveler. He lived with a spirit of curiosity and the heart of an explorer. He never turned down an opportunity to visit a new and interesting place; he visited over 90 countries in his lifetime. After retirement in 1999, Russ resided in Kenya for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He returned to Kenya in 2005 to work in an AIDS orphanage with the Crisis Corps. Recently Russ spent much of his time in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez. Russ loved nothing more than a good story and immersed himself fully in the history, culture and people of the areas he visited.
The Family would like to thank Dr Ankie Amos and her colleagues at the Alaska Heart Institute for the
excellent and loving care they gave Russ.
Russ is survived by his wife, Keren; daughter Johanna Walker Utterback; son Russell Benjamin Walker; son-in-law Bob Utterback; daughter-in-law Catherine Taylor Walker; and his four grandchildren Austen and Sophia Utterback and Soren and Anna Walker. His ashes will be interred at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage, in a private family ceremony.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE Epilepsy) 430 West Erie, Ste 210, Chicago IL 60654 or at http://www.cureepilepsy.org, or to the Kenya Education Fund at 360 E. 72nd St C-3405 New York, NY 10021or at http://kenyaeducationfund.org. Please share stories about Russ for his grandchildren at legacy.com.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2014