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Pictured, from left, are, Dr. Kenneth Garren, president of University of Lynchburg, Dr. Thomas Walker, Sally Selden, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Thomas Walker, of Emporia, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Lynchburg druggist recent Baccalaureate Service.

The citation he received read, “Dr.Thomas A.Walker ’53 paired his work as a physician with philanthropy and service to the community for more than 55 years. He earned his biology degree with a chemistry minor at Lynchburg College in 1953 and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1957.

He practiced medicine in Stony Creek for seven years before settling in Emporia. When he retired 2012 he still had patients whom had served in his first year of practice.

He met his wife, Barbara Jones Walker, when they were Lynchburg College students. All three of their children pursued their careers in health care. They started the Susan Lynn Walker Scholarship Fund in honor of their daughter, a member of the firstLynchburg College nursing class.

Dr. Walker served on theLynchburg College Board of Overseers for 10 years before joining the Board of Trustees in 1995. As a trustee he served on the Advancement and Educational Program Committees. He retired from the Board in 2018.

He and his wife have been generous as well. In addition to several capital campaigns, they supported the creation of the Walker Human Performance Laboratory, an integral component of the University’s Exercise Physiology Program.

In recognition to the service he has rendered to his alma mater, his patients, his community, the University of Lynchburg Board of Trustees were pleased to confer upon Dr. Thomas Walker the degree of Doctor of Science.