Dr. R. Thomas
Dr. R. Thomas Walker, Jr., 84, of Boyds, MD, passed away on May 29, 2021 at home.
He was the loving husband to Kathleen East Walker.
Born October 28, 1936 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Robert Thomas and Margaret Virginia Muehlhauser Walker.
Along with his wife, Tom is survived by his three children: Allison Walker Fiore, husband Stephen of Orlando, FL, Kate Walker De Mattos, husband Herbert of Boyds, MD, Matthew Walker of Warrenton, VA, two sisters; Ellen Carr of Ellicott City, MD, Merrellyn Fields of Jessup, MD, brother-in-law; E. William Fields, and five grandchildren; Alexis East Fiore, Lia Marie Fiore, Caelan Thomas Connolly, Liam Walker Connolly and Ryan Hendry Walker..
Tom graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1954 where he made lifelong friends while playing football. Tom, along with several of “The Buds,” went on to play football for Montgomery College, and their successes earned them admission into the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame. Tom was inducted twice; once as an individual and then as a member of the only Montgomery College football team to win a bowl game.
From MC Tom attended George Washington University before settling on Hiram College where he majored in History, played football and met his future wife, Kathleen East.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in History from Hiram, Tom entered the Army and was assigned to Military Intelligence and stationed in Germany. His tour in Germany further enhanced his love of German history, culture and language.
Upon returning to the U.S. Tom married Kathleen, and they moved to Columbus, Ohio where Tom entered graduate school. He earned his doctoral degree in German military history from the Ohio State University, and added to his group of lifelong friends.
Having attended Montgomery College, it was always Tom’s ambition to return to MC as a professor. He started his career at the Takoma Park campus and then became a founding faculty member of the Germantown Campus. In his 30 year career as a professor, Tom inspired thousands of students, and fulfilled his mission of supporting students as they embarked upon their collegiate and career goals.
However, his love of learning and teaching made the most profound impact on his children. Allison is an elementary school Art teacher, her husband Steve is a Professor at University of Central Florida, Kate teaches ESOL for Montgomery County Public Schools and Matthew has a Ph.D. in U.S. Foreign Relations and International History from the University of Nebraska.
Tom was a member of the Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the “Montgomery College Foundation.” On the memo line, write “R. Thomas Walker Athletic Endowed Scholarship for the Humanities,” and mail to Montgomery College Foundation, 9221 Corporate Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850. To make a secure online donation, please visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/onlinegiving and, when prompted, write in “R. Thomas Walker Athletic Endowed Scholarship for the Humanities.”
He will always be remembered for his warm hospitality, his friendly demeanor, his humor and his intellectual contributions to any conversation.