Dr. Lucius Walker, Former Howard University Dean of Engineering, Dies at 77


Dr. Lucius Walker, a mechanical engineer, engineering professor and education administrator died June 6 at age 77 following a lengthy illness.

At age 15, Walker attended Morehouse College on a Ford Foundation scholarship. He later transferred to Howard University in 1954 to study engineering, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1957. Walker continued his education at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, from which he earned a master’s degree and Ph.D in mechanical engineering.

In 1963, Walker worked as an assistant professor at Howard University. He quickly moved through the ranks, becoming an associate professor in 1967, full professor in 1970 and chair of the department of engineering in 1971. Walker was the co-founder and directed the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership.

Walker retired in 2002 as the dean of engineering and a professor emeritus at Howard University. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Funeral services for Dr. Walker are set for June 22 at Howard University’s Rankin Chapel.

A wake and family visitation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., followed by the Kappa service at 10:30 a.m. The funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the repast immediately following at the Blackburn Center. Walker’s body will be laid to rest at National Harmony Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m.

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Dr. Lucius Walker, Former Howard University Dean of Engineering, Dies at 77

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