Dr. Albert Walker, 91, retired professor of journalism at Northern Illinois University, died June 22, 2011, at Oakcrest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. He was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Newton, Mass. He retired in 1990 after 23 years, but returned in 1995 to teach part time to 1998.
A veteran of World War II and Korea, he joined Northern Illinois University faculty in January 1968 to establish a public relations sequence in the Journalism Department. He helped to establish the department's graduate program in journalism and was its coordinator until his retirement. He founded a charter chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of American and was the director of the department's graduate program.
His professional career consisted of six years as a reporter and 10 years in public relations, before beginning his teaching career.
Dr. Walker was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, which recognized him with its Outstanding Public Relations Teaching Award in 1976 and Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 1989. He also belonged to the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
He graduated from Baker University in Kansas and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston. He earned a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
He is survived by his three daughters, Barbara Walker-Thoreson of Phoenix, Ariz., Margaret Walker-Pollak of Chicago and New Orleans, La. and Ruth Walker-Williams of Elburn.
Cremation has taken place at Anderson Funeral Home Crematory, DeKalb.
A private interment service will be held at Clark Cemetery in Millersburg, Ohio, where his wife, Mary Margaret, was interred in 2010.
Memorials can be made to the Albert Walker Memorial Fund for DeKalb County Hospice in care of Anderson Funeral Home, Ltd., P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.
Published by Daily Chronicle from Jun. 25 to Jun. 26, 2011.