SUNY New Paltz to hold memorial service for retired faculty member
NEW PALTZ -- The State University of New York at New Paltz will hold a memorial service for retired faculty member, Dr. Evelyn Acomb Walker who recently died at the age of 93. The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14, in the Shepard Recital Hall on campus.
Professor Walker was born in Donora, Pa., in 1910. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. She taught at Rutgers University, the College of William and Mary and Hunter College before joining the faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 1949.
Professor Walker taught French and European History in the History Department until her retirement in 1977. She was active in national professional organizations and journals, especially the American Historical Association and the Society for French Historical Studies. She published the Revolutionary Journal of Baron Ludwig von Closen, a French officer posted to Virginia during the American Revolution. She also edited a volume on French society and culture since 1789.
Walker was married to the late Herman Walker, an economist in the U.S. State Department and, after his retirement from that position, chairman of the Department of History and Political Economy at SUNY New Paltz.
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.