Walker, director of administrative services, retires
A staple of MU Engineering, Marty Walker brought a decorated career to a close with his recently announced retirement.
Walker’s contributions to the college during his 13 years of service were bountiful. In his role as director of administrative services, he served as the college’s site security officer, its vehicle fleet manager, oversaw Engineering Technical Services’ operations, supervised several student employees, played an active role in preparing Lafferre Hall for its upcoming renovation and was critical to the completion of the 2009 addition to Lafferre Hall.
On top of those, Walker provided guidance to several student teams and clubs. He was co-adviser for the Mizzou Racing Formula SAE team and the Student Ambassadors. He served as co-facilitator for one of the college’s Freshman Interest Groups, and adviser for the Electric Vehicle Club and the College of Engineering Student Council. Walker also was active in supporting a wide variety of engineering camps, study abroad programs and related extra-curricular activities. He additionally played a role on the Campus Planning Committee and the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Committee, among several others.Marty Walker stayed active with military-related organizations after coming to MU. He served as chair of the Chancellor’s Committee of Military and Veteran Affairs, was the NROTC College and University Association’s campus representative and served on the NROTC’s academic appeals committee, among others.
The military was and remains a large part of Walker’s life. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after his high school graduation in 1965 and served in Vietnam. Military commendations earned include a Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Legion of Merit and three Purple Hearts. Walker took a leave of absence to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rockhurst University and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Maryland before returning to military-based work.
Walker served as a physical security officer at the Marine Corps headquarters for nearly three years, then worked for three years as director of Munitions Security Branch at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. He was the chief of police at the Marine Corps Air Station in New River, N.C. and at Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan, sandwiched around a stint as the commanding officer of the headquarters’ squadron of the air station in North Carolina.
Walker also served as commanding officer of a Marine Security Guard Company for West and Central Africa from 1995 to 1997 before taking a position at MU as an associate professor of Naval Science with the Naval ROTC, his most recent job before joining the College of Engineering.
Walker stayed active with military-related organizations after coming to MU. He served as chair of the Chancellor’s Committee of Military and Veteran Affairs, was the NROTC College and University Association’s campus representative and served on the NROTC’s academic appeals committee, among others.
“Marty Walker and the College of Engineering stepped up and provided the center with space in Lafferre Hall,” MU Veterans Center Director Carol Fleisher said. “Marty has been a friend, partner, mentor and adviser to our center and our veterans ever since.”
Outside of the college, Walker has been involved with Central Missouri Honor Flight since 2009. Honor Flight provides veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam opportunities to see the monuments built in honor of their service in Washington, D.C. Walker has served as master of ceremonies for the organization’s Honor Ball for the last six years and as guardian for five flights taken by World War II veterans, as well as participating as an interviewee for the Missouri Veterans History Project.
Walker’s laundry list of duties and accomplishments since joining the College of Engineering leave big boots to fill as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.
“It is an understatement to say that Marty was a critical member of our team and that his many contributions will be missed,” said Robert Schwartz, interim dean of the College of Engineering.