The following is an announcement from the Utah Genealogical Association:
Barbara Dodson Walker, President Emerita of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society has been named a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. Carol Smith, UGA President made the announcement at the AAHGS sharing banquet during their annual conference in Salt Lake City Oct 27th.
Thomas Jay Kemp, member of the UGA Board of Directors and long time friend of Barbara Walker flew out from Connecticut to present the award. The citation he read said in part:
It was once written by Stephen Grellett (1773-1855), "I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show …, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
We of the Utah Genealogical Association have such an opportunity with the Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society holding its annual conference here in Salt Lake City. We of the UGA do not want to miss this opportunity to honor one of the nation's most loved and respected genealogists.
Our honoree tonight is an expert in the study and recording of African American life and history, She was born in Washington , D.C. and grew up in the Georgetown area. She earned a B.S. in elementary education at Miner Teachers College in 1951, and an M.Ed. in 1972 from Federal City College. She pursued additional graduate work at Purdue University and the University of the District of Columbia. During her thirty-two year career in education (1951-1983) she served in the D.C. Public Schools
Our honoree is a charter and life member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. She currently holds the title of President Emerita. She has served also on the boards of Georgetown Heritage Trust, where she coordinated the documentation of the homes in the historic district of Georgetown; multiple terms on Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies; and she has just completed serving the Association for the Study of African American Life and History as its treasurer for the past six years.
Our honoree is the wife of the late James Dent Walker who was well known as a leading genealogist for his work at the National Archives. In 1969 he was a speaker at the First World Conference on Records held here in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society and following his death in 1993 he was inducted into the National Genealogical Society's Hall of Fame in 1999.
It is therefore a distinct honor that tonight we honor Barbara Dodson Walker, President Emerita of the Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society for her life's work and dedication to genealogy and that I do hereby name Barbara Dodson Walker a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association.