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Dr. George R. Walker

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Dr.  George R. Walker Obituary
Did you feel the earth shake at the passing of a kind and gentle man? A man who, at first contact, you knew had changed your life forever? Farewell to George Walker, bon vivant, world traveler, loyal friend, and consummate host. Always a teacher, ever a student, George prided himself in learning something new, traveling the different road, experiencing that unmet adventure, and collecting new friends along the way. Born and bred in Little Rock, Arkansas for his first 20 years, George moved to the west coast in 1956, where he attended and graduated from San Francisco State University majoring in education. While instructing in that city, an opportunity appeared with the Department of Defense to teach in their military schools in Germany and Spain. While there he met his future life partner Gerhard Schneider with whom he shared travel and mutual experiences for the next 40 years. In 1969 George returned to Los Angeles to pursue and complete doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. He retired from his academic career in the California State University system in 1996. A staunch champion of both civil and human rights, George was a major contributor to the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center since its inception, and a member of the Board of Directors until retiring in 2014. George's passion for world-wide travel was widely known. He could pack a bag at a moment's notice, and had close friends in Germany, Australia, Italy, England, and France. He was drawn to opera, theatre, movies, museums, and elegant dining out. He loved practicing French whenever possible, appreciating red wine (jamais blanc!), and enjoyed a very dry Ketel One martini, foregoing the olive garnish because it took up too much space in the glass. A recent resident of Belmont Village in Hollywood, he was liked by all residents and staff, and truly loved by a privileged few. Always a true gentleman, George passed away on September 24th, just three weeks shy of his 80th birthday bash, preferring, instead, to leave the room quietly without a big fuss. He is survived by siblings Mary Jane, Ruth, Cathy, and Wayne, all part of the McNair-Brazil-Scott family network. Cremation services were performed by Forest Lawn, Glendale. Adieu Mon Cher Ami!
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 9, 2016
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