Virginia Gilmore Walker

After graduating from George Mason, I attended Longwood College where I received a BA in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Secondary English Education.  I completed my Masters in Education in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Virginia in 1965 and accepted a teaching position at Bloomsburg State College in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.   I taught there for three years, then married John (Jack) Walker, an archaeologist with the National Park Service.  Although we had met in Washington, he was then working in Macon, Georgia at the Southeast Archaeological Center.  For the next three years I worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist and managed to master a fairly adequate Southern dialect.  In 1972, my husband’s Center was transferred to Tallahassee, Florida and became affiliated with Florida State University.   Since I couldn’t find a job I wanted, I decided to return to school and spent the next seven years pursuing my doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders (same profession, fancier name) while working part-time for the department.  I completed my Ph.D. in 1979 and was offered and accepted a full-time faculty position.    I retired at the rank of Associate Professor in 2005.  My husband and I remained in Tallahassee after retirement.    Tallahassee has no industry other than state government and higher education and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.  I spend my time doing volunteer work, practicing Taoist Tai Chi, and taking courses at the Florida State University branch of the Ocher Live-Long Institute at Florida State.

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