John Walton, retired professor of education at the Johns Hopkins University and president of the Baltimore school board from 1972 until 1974, died Saturday at his home in Montgomery, Ala.
Dr. Walton, who was 80 and had been ill with Alzheimer's disease, moved from Emmitsburg to Montgomery in 1985.
He retired in 1976 from Hopkins, where he had taught since 1953 and was chairman of the education department from 1956 until 1968.
Dr. Walton left the school board at the end of 1974 after a year that included financial problems, a teachers strike, integration and reorganization problems and an attempt to oust the superintendent, Dr. Roland N. Patterson. Dr. Patterson was dismissed in 1975 and died in 1982.
Born in Mayslick, Ky., Dr. Walton graduated from Transylvania Collegeand earned a master's degree at the University of Kentucky. He earned his doctorate at Hopkins.
He taught Latin, and was a high school principal and superintendent of schools in Manchester, Ohio, before World War II.
He served in Army counterintelligence during the war.
Before joining the Hopkins faculty he was chairman of the education department at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.
He also taught at Loyola College and at Queen's College in North Carolina.
A former president of the Maryland Association of Higher Education, he was a member of the National Academy for School Executives.
Dr. Walton was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Maryland Historical Society, the Churchmen's Club and the Johns Hopkins Club.
He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Keene; a brother, Wilson Walton of Aberdeen, Ohio; two nieces; and a nephew.
Graveside services were held Monday at the Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery.