Carolyn Walker, a former Washington lawyer and nonprofit executive, died June 8 at a nursing home in Sykesville, Md. She was 72.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Lisa Walker.

From 1970 to 1980, Mrs. Walker was the founding president of the Urban Business Education and Development Association, a nonprofit real estate development operation. She was a Washington lawyer from 1995 until 2010, mostly in a solo practice specializing in business law.

Carolyn Frances Rich was born in Washington and grew up in New York. She graduated from Howard University in 1963 and remained in Washington until moving to Sykesville two years ago. She was a 1995 graduate of Howard’s law school.

Her marriage to retired Army Lt. Col. Emmett L. Walker ended in divorce. Survivors include two children, Lisa Walker of Columbia and Emmett L. Walker Jr. of Atlanta; two brothers; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes