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Ronald Edward Walker


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Ronald Edward Walker Obituary
The Walker family mourns the death of Ronald Edward Walker, former professor and chair of Loyola University Chicago's Psychology Department, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, academic vice president, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and professor emeritus. Ron was born on January 23, 1935 in East St. Louis, Illinois. He married Aldona Mogenis in 1958; together, they started a family currently extending to four children-Regina, Mark (Mary), Paula (Jim), and Alexis (Warren)-and six grandchildren-Nicole, Steven, James, Nicholas, Rachael, and Claudia. Ron attended St. Louis University, from which he received his B.S. in business administration and psychology in 1957, and Northwestern University, from which he graduated with an M.S. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in psychology. In 1961, Ron accepted a position in Loyola's Psychology Department, beginning a period of service to the university that extended through 2018. As a professor in the Psychology Department, Ron chaired 24 M.A./M.S. thesis committees and 22 Ph.D. dissertation committees and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, abnormal psychology, adjustment, intelligence testing and research, motivation, learning, and personality. He authored, co-authored, and presented 90 research articles, on topics ranging from the effects of anxiety on behavior, social intelligence, clinicians' psychological diagnoses, liberal arts curricula, staff roles in colleges, and adjusting to change. He served on fifteen professional, healthcare, and education boards, including those of Loyola Academy and Regina Dominican High School (his children's almae matres), and he consulted for numerous academic, community, and professional institutions, including the American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association, North Central Association, Veterans Administration, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. His areas of administrative expertise included research, budgeting, planning, human resources, and administration. Ron's honors and awards included designation as a Commendatore of the Repubblica Italiana and induction into Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, and Alpha Sigma Nu. Ron died on June 6, 2018. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Madonna della Strada Chapel on Loyola University Chicago's Lake Shore Campus, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. Condolences may be sent to Aldona and the Walker family via [email protected]. Please, no flowers; donations in Ron's memory would be gratefully received by The Center in Palos Park, thecenterpalos.org.
Friends and colleagues are warmly welcomed to take part in celebrating Ron's long rich life.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from June 10 to June 14, 2018
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