Francis E. Walker

January 28, 1940 - November 15, 2013

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DURHAM: Mr. Francis Edgar Walker, Jr., 73, died of lymphoma on Friday, November 15, 2013 at home. He is the son of the late Francis Edgar Walker and Annie Carpenter Walker. He was a 1958 graduate of Durham High School and a 1962 graduate of Duke University and received a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 1970. He was a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and Michigan State University and taught for 11 years at international schools in Germany, Singapore, Greece and Turkey. He was a principal at T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point from 1984 -88 and in later years taught at Jordan, Riverside and Southern High Schools in Durham.

He is survived by his son, Donald Carpenter Walker of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Kirsten Eaton Lahey of Newton, MA; grandson, Edward Thomas Lahey, IV; brother, Thomas Lee Walker of Sarasota, FL; and long term companion, Linda Craig Daniel. He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Gail Eaton Walker, who died in 2003.

There will be no funeral service, but the family will receive friends in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham Sunday afternoon from 3-5pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at