Daniel Ammidon Walker

WALKER, DANIEL AMMIDON Daniel A. Walker died peacefully on November 13, 2012 at Yale New Haven Hospital after a long illness, with his daughters and brother nearby. Dan was born in New York City to Frances Ammidon Walker and Charles S. Walker. Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, he attended Moses Brown Lower School, and Brooks School in Andover, Massachusetts. Dan was a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1959, where he was a member Fence Club and Berzelius. He had great affection for Brooks and Yale and gave both devoted service throughout his life. Following graduation from Yale, where he served on the editorial staff of the Yale Daily News, Dan began his career as a "newspaperman" at the St. Petersburg (FL) Times before moving to the Providence (RI) Journal. Dan was later recruited to serve as the Executive Director of Citizen's Scholarship Fund, in Providence, where he met and married his first wife, Pamela Wright, in 1966. He returned to Yale where he helped direct their Development efforts from 1968 to 1972. The couple had two daughters, Paget and Eliza Walker. In the following years, Dan returned with his family to Brooks School, where he served as Director of Admissions and Development until 1975. Dan later married Harriet S. Smith, and moved to the North Shore of Massachusetts, where he continued his work in the field of fundraising at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass. Their marriage ended in divorce. Dan moved to the South Shore in Massachusetts, where he became a passionate gardener and later retired in Connecticut, moving back to New Haven for the educational and cultural opportunities, and finally settling in North Branford. Dan was known by friends and family for his keen wit, dry humor, and love of family and practical jokes. He was an avid reader and as a writer had a fine ear for the well-turned word. He also entertained those around him with his creativity and whimsy, delighting young family members with cartoon illustrations and other artistic creations. Though in his later years he was increasingly challenged by declining health and limited mobility, he remained fiercely independent. Dan was a devoted father, and relished visits with family and old friends, as well as reunions at his alma maters. He continued to be a voracious reader, and always kept newspapers and a stack of biographies at his side. Dan is survived by his daughter, Paget Walker, and her husband, Peter Adelman, of Brooklyn, New York; his daughter, Eliza Walker, and her husband, Mike Brouillette, of Waitsfield, Vermont; two brothers, Rob Walker and wife, Izabel, and Stow Walker and wife Susan; and 3 grandchildren, and 7 nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Dan will take place on January 19, 2013 at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Haven. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Charles, Frances and Daniel Walker Scholarship Fund, Brooks School, Andover, Massachusetts.

Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 18, 2012