John Walton, was school board president

March 13, 1991

John Walton, former president of the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners and former chairman of the Education Department at Johns Hopkins University, died March 9 at his home in Montgomery, Ala.

He was 80, and had been afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

Graveside services for Dr. Walton were held Monday at the Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery.

Dr. Walton was president of the city school board from January 1972 to December 1974. He presided over the board during a contentious period that led to the firing in 1975 of Roland N. Patterson, the city's first black school superintendent.

Dr. Walton was born Nov. 17, 1910, in Mayslick, Ky.

Dr. Walton, who earned his doctorate at Johns Hopkins in 1950, joined the Hopkins faculty in 1953. He was named chairman of the Education Department in 1956.

He retired in 1976.

Dr. Walton is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a brother, Wilson Walton of Aberdeen, Ohio; two nieces, Kay Breeze of Manchester, Ohio, and Arlene Hall of Mayslick, Ky.; and a nephew, John Michael Walton of Georgetown, Ohio.

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