REAR ADMIRAL EDWARD K. WALKER, JR.
SUPPLY CORPS, U.S. NAVY, RETIRED
Rear Admiral Walker was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1933. As the son of a Naval Officer, he grew up in a variety of locales worldwide. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954 and was commissioned an ensign in the Supply Corps. Sea duty tours in the battleship USS NEW JERSEY, BB-62, and the destroyer USS WREN, DD-68, followed. From 1957 until 1964, he served at naval stations in Norfolk , Virginia, Rodman in the former Panama Canal Zone, and at the Naval Supply Depot in Newport, Rhode Island. In the next tour, he was on the commissioning staff of the second Polaris submarine squadron, SUBRON SIXTEEN, and deployed with it to Rota Spain to establish the first U.S. strategic missile presence on the European continent, just outside the Mediterranean.
Upon leaving Spain, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College and subsequently was assigned as a Joint Strategic Operations Plans Officer in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. His next tour was aboard the submarine tender USS HOWARD W. GILMORE, AS-16, with Submarine Squadrons FOUR and TWELVE. Following this sea tour, he returned to the Pentagon where he was the Attack Submarine Programs and Budget Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare.
From April 1975 until June 1978, he served as Force Supply Officer on the Staff of the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He then served two years as Executive Officer, Navy Ships Parts Control Center, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. In June 1980, he was ordered to the west coast and assumed command of the Naval Supply Center Puget Sound in Bremerton, Washington.
He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in July 1981 and reported to Norfolk where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics Readiness and Fleet Supply for the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet. In June 1983, he assumed duties as Assistant Comptroller of the Navy for Financial Management Systems in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, and Commander, Navy Accounting and Financial Center. On 28 March 1984, he became Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, and the 35th Chief of Supply Corps.
During his career, Admiral Walker was awarded numerous personal decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, he was a qualified submariner, and he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Financial Management from George Washington University.
Retiring from active duty in September 1988, Admiral Walker became the Vice President for Administration and Director of Corporate Strategy for Resource Consultants, Inc. (RCI), a worldwide government services contractor. He retired from this position in September 2000.
Admiral Walker remained active and continued to serve in a wide variety of endeavors including: Chairman, Vinson Hall Corporation; Member and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation; Member of the Board of Visitors of Elon University; Trustee, U.S. Naval Academy Foundation; and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Herley Industries of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Submarine League, the Military Officers Association, the Navy League, and the Surface Warfare Association.
He is survived by his sister Gail Reuning, his two daughters Wendy Walker and Lynn Walker Streett (husband Bryant), and by his two grandchildren Carolann Streett (husband Jon Cunningham), and David Streett (wife Gretchen Apgar). He lost his beloved wife, Carol Ann, in 2002.
In light of the recent severe uptick in COVID infections, please note the new dates for services and visitation (as of December 21st): Services will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:30 AM. Visitation will be held Monday, May 2nd at Everly Wheatley from 6 – 8:30 PM. Because of the nature of the pandemic, please check back here as the dates draw closer to make certain no further changes have become necessary. Please keep in mind, however, that even the new dates could slip further depending on the pandemic. So, please check here before making travel plans. Thank you for understanding.
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Elon University Football
Naval Academy Fund for Athletic Excellence