The obituary for Maude Josephine "Jo" Walker that ran Sept. 19 incorrectly reported her name in the headline. (Published 9/20/04)
Maude Josephine "Jo" Walker, 89, a retired teacher, a church member and a volunteer, died Sept. 9 at George Washington University Hospital of complications stemming from an Aug. 28 auto accident.
Mrs. Walker, who was born in Lafayette, Ga., had been a resident of the District since age 7. She attended local public schools and graduated a semester early as a member of the Dunbar High School Class of 1933. She attended Howard University and received a degree in elementary education from Miner Teachers College, now part of the University of the District of Columbia, in 1940.
After graduation, she held a variety of jobs, including positions as a temporary key-punch operator for the Census Bureau in 1941, a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the D.C. public schools and a junior clerk-typist for the War Department in 1943.
In 1946, she married and left the workforce until her youngest child entered school. Mrs. Walker then worked as a teacher at various elementary schools. She also sold the World Book Encyclopedia.
After becoming interested in the field of speech therapy, Mrs. Walker took home study courses through the University of Utah in 1964 and also studied at Gallaudet College and Bowie State University.
In 1966, she was awarded a basic clinical certificate in speech from the American Speech and Hearing Association. This allowed her to join the Speech Department of the D.C. public schools, serving several elementary schools on a rotational basis, including Gage-Eckington, Harrison and Garrison. She did additional related class work at the University of Maryland in 1968.
After the death of her husband, Dr. Claude G. Walker, in 1972, Mrs. Walker continued to work in the school system and also managed the medical office building the couple had built several years before. She retired from the schools in 1981 and from her business management position in 2000.
A lifelong member of the 15th Street Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Walker served on the board of Christian education and the scholarship committee. She was a member of the Howard University Faculty Wives, the Women's Auxiliary of the D.C. Medico-Chirurgical Society, the D.C. Retired Teachers Association and Club Internationale, a social and travel club begun by her eldest brother, Tomlinson D. Todd.
When her sister, Victoria T. Street, ran for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council, Mrs. Walker served as campaign treasurer.
In 1985, Mrs. Walker joined the L'Enfant Chapter of the American Business Women's Association, in which she held a number of offices and sponsored 19 new members.
Survivors include two children, Winston Kenneth Walker of Denver and Dr. Nadine Victoria Walker of Washington.