EAST LIVERPOOL – Dr. Robert James Walker, psychologist, supporter of his hometown, devoted and loving husband, father, brother, son, uncle, and friend, passed away Saturday morning, March 12, 2022, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was 73.
The world was a better place because of Bob. Born in East Liverpool, May 14, 1948, he was a son of the late James Moffat Walker and Roberta Chambers Walker. A lifetime area resident, Bob was a member of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1966 and continued his education at Kent State University. He later earned his doctorate from West Virginia University. For many years, he worked as a psychologist in his hometown where he assisted countless numbers of patients both through his private practice as well as with the East Liverpool City Hospital. He was also a faculty member at the East Liverpool Campus of Kent State University where he was a professor in the Department of Psychology for many years.
Bob loved his hometown and was an active supporter of many organizations and causes. His civic mindedness was most apparent at the East Liverpool Area YMCA where he was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees and one of its strongest supporters, especially when the organization had fallen on hard times. Bob gave of his time and personal resources to keep the YMCA operating and a part of the community, and his leadership continued through the expansion of new facilities and programs. In addition, he was a member of the Pottertown Foundation, the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association, the East Liverpool Historical Society, Elks Lodge 258, past president of Kiwanis as well as many other committees and projects to promote East Liverpool. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in East Liverpool.
Professionally, he was a past member of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Bioethics and Medical Executive Committees as well as past Chair of the Institutional Review Board at East Liverpool City Hospital.
Bob was proud of his family heritage and loved to share his memories of East Liverpool including his family’s businesses, the Chambers Company and Woodbine Laundry and Dry Cleaning. Bob was never too busy to talk to or help another person. Bob was a thinker and a dreamer, always looking for ways to make life better. He had a great sense of humor. He was passionate about his family and friends but above all things he was a deeply caring person.
In his free time, Bob was a gifted musician and guitarist and was a beloved local singer-songwriter. He performed at many area venues and was proud of recently recording his CD “My Home is in the Valley.”
He is survived by his wife, Karen Jones Walker, at home, whom he married November 17, 1978. He also is survived by his son, Joshua Walker of East Liverpool, a sister, Dr. Nancy L. Walker of Brewster, Massachusetts, a nephew Dana Johngren and his wife, Rachel, of Brewster, a niece Vicki Dolnick and her husband, Paul, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Marcia Jones of West Chester, along with many great-nieces and great-nephews.
He will also be fondly remembered by his cousins, Tom Chambers and his wife, Rosanna Sutherland, Jim Arnold and his wife, Gail, David Chambers, Marian Natali, Suzanne Chambers and Lu Shannon. He will also be missed by his dearest friend Ron Hockman and his wife, Lora and their children, Tanner and Julia, his many friends and his cat Max.
A private family service will be conducted by Pastor Steve Knisely of the church. A public Celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Dawson Funeral Home.
Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of either the East Liverpool Area YMCA, East Liverpool High School Alumni Association, First United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice.