Dr. Adolphus Walton, 88, a professor emeritus of the Howard University College of Dentistry and a practicing dentist in Washington for 60 years, died at Howard University Hospital Monday of complications resulting from leukemia.

Dr. Walton was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He came to the United States in 1911 to attend Howard, where he did his undergraduate work and earned a degree in dentistry in 1918. After a year of study at the universities of Toronto and Pittsburgh, Dr. Walton returned to Washington.

He joined the Howard dental faculty in 1919 and remained on it until his retirement in 1961, when he became professor emeritus. His specialty was prosthodontics, the replacement of missing teeth with bridges and false teeth. He taught prosthodontics at Howard until his retirement, and was practicing dentistry until his death.

In 1959, Dr. Walton received a Howard University Alumni Association Award and the Honorarium of the Student Council of the College of Dentistry. In 1968, he received the College of Dentisty Alumni Award. In 1970, he received the Humanitarian Award of the National Dental Association.

Other honors given to Dr. Walton included the Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Association Tribute in 1974, and the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society Service Award in 1936, 1971 and 1977.

He was a member of the National Dental Society, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society.

Survivors include his wife, Augusta Smiley Walton, of the home in Washington.