Douglas R. Walker, 68, educator, project manager for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Philly sports fan

By on May 31, 2017

Douglas R. Walker, 68, of Lititz, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at home.

He was born in Camden, N.J., the son of the late Rev. John and Cora (Gardiner) Walker.

Doug graduated from Williamsport High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Eastern University and went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the University of Vermont.

During Mr. Walker’s 45-year career in the field of education in Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia, he served as a teacher, an administrator, a college professor, and in leadership positions at the Vermont Department of Education, and as a senior research assistant at RMC Research Corp. in Arlington, Va. Most recently, Mr. Walker was employed as a project manager for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg. Doug was an active member of the York Alliance Church, where he served as an elder and deacon.

Doug celebrated his 47th wedding anniversary with his wife Lois on May 23. He was a caring father to his three children, and a wonderful grandfather to his five grandchildren. Doug had a positive outlook on life, a great sense of humor, and was guided by his strong faith. He was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was a long suffering and enthusiastic Philadelphia sports fan, and enjoyed spending summer vacations with his family in Ocean City, N.J.

He leaves his beloved wife of 47 years: Lois; his son: Kevin, and his wife Nanasue of Lititz; a daughter: Megan Hutchinson, and her husband Eric, of Baltimore, Md.; and a son: Mark, and his wife Angela, of Los Angeles, Calif. He also leaves a sister: Arden Olsen, and her husband, the Rev. James Olsen of Dixon, Ill.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the York Alliance Church, 501 Rathton Road, York, on Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts in Mr. Walker’s memory can be made to the York Alliance Church or the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.

To send the family o-line condolences, visit buchfuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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