Archive for Thursday, June 11, 1992


June 11, 1992


Memorial services for Neil Allan Walker, 68, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ottawa. A second memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. His body was cremated.

Mr. Walker died Wednesday, June 10, 1992, at his home.

He was born May 4, 1924, in Flint, Mich., to John Scott Walker and Margaret Mary O'Neill. He taught zoology at Fort Hays State University from 1958 to 1980. While at Fort Hays State, he was an assistant professor, associate professor and professor. He also was chairman of the biological sciences and agriculture department from 1970 to 1973. He moved to Ottawa upon his retirement in 1980 and moved to Lawrence in 1989.

Mr. Walker served in the U.S. Naval Reserves' Hospital Corps from 1943 to 1946. In 1947, he received a bachelor's degree in biology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a master's degree in zoology from the University of Michigan in 1948 and a doctorate in entomology from the University of California-Berkeley in 1964. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and two biological societies, Phi Sigma and Beta Beta Beta.

Prior to teaching at Fort Hays State, he worked for the Institute for Fisheries Research, the Michigan Department of Conservation and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He also consulted for the entomology division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in New Zealand.

Mr. Walker co-authored "Subaquatic Light Traps for Insects and Other Animal Organisms" in 1955 and wrote "Euphthiracardidca of California Sequoia Litter" in 1964.

Among his professional memberships were the Entomological Society of America, the Kansas Entomological Society, the Kansas Academy of Science and the American Institute for Biological Sciences.

He married Margaret Brewster on June 13, 1953, in Baxter Springs. She died April 23, 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Neil, Lawrence, and Charles Brewster, Austin, Tex.

The family suggests memorials to the Westminster Prebyterian Church in Ottawa or the Nature Conservancy of Baldwin, in care of Rumsey Funeral Home.

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