William J. Walker, 83, Army lieutenant colonel

May 10, 2002

William J. Walker, a retired Army officer who in later years worked in tank development, died of pneumonia Monday at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, where he had lived for eight years. He was 83 and formerly resided in Bel Air.

A veteran of the North African, Italian and German campaigns during World War II, he served in the Army for 26 years before his 1966 retirement as a lieutenant colonel.

Moving to Maryland, he became a civilian employee at Aberdeen Proving Ground and worked on development of the M-15 tank. He retired from his civilian career in 1990.

Born in Sparta, Ill., he attended Nebraska Wesleyan College before earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park after World War II.

A skilled woodcarver, he enjoyed making miniature birds, which he displayed at Harford Day School in Bel Air.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 717 Maiden Choice Lane.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Barbara Williams; a daughter, Pamela Walker Kern of Bethesda; a brother, Dr. John Walker of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a sister, Dorothy Oehlschlaeger of Sarasota, Fla.

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