In Memoriam: Graham Walker, Ph.D.

A longtime professor of mechanical engineering, Walker passed away on January 17.

Portrait photo of Graham WalkerGraham Walker, Ph.D., a professor of mechanical engineering at Manhattan College, died suddenly on Monday, January 17.

Visitation will take place on Friday, January 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Flynn Memorial Home at 1652 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710. A memorial service will be held at Flynn Memorial Home on Saturday, January 22, at 10 a.m. More details can be found here.

Walker joined the faculty in the department of mechanical engineering in December 1992 as an associate professor. He served as faculty adviser of the Mini Baja club, traveled on two different service trips to Honduras with the office of Campus Ministry and Social Action, and was an early advocate of an environmentally friendly curriculum within the mechanical engineering department.

In 2006, Walker was recognized as the Distinguished Lasallian Educator of the Year. In the citation it was noted: “He always has time for students, helping them with his and other professors’ assignments, counseling them, and providing an environment that is welcoming to students of all abilities; he never turns a student away. Even if he is not teaching them in class, he is always there for all students.” In everything he did, Walker’s love of learning and for his students shone through brightly, as he embodied in countless ways, large and small, the core values of our educational tradition.

Walker’s cutting-edge research, passion for teaching and vocal support of the student experience made us all better educators and better people. His wonderful sense of humor brightened our lives. He leaves the Manhattan community with an unmatched legacy as a teacher, researcher, colleague, mentor and friend. We will miss him deeply.

By Pete McHugh