Charles Walker, 85, who ran a Washington-based consulting firm that advised the Labor Department on employment and job training issues involving minorities, died Sept. 6 at a hospital in Yakima, Wash.

He died of complications from a fall at his home in Grandview, Wash., said his daughter, Linda Walker-Hill.

Mr. Walker was a founding partner of Dau, Walker and Associates, where for more than 25 years he was a consultant on a variety of matters such as hiring, auditing, accounting and federal grants. After retiring in 2004, he moved from Beltsville to Washington state.

Charles Wyborn Goodere Walker was born in Bournemouth, England. Before moving to the Washington area in 1951, he served in the British merchant navy and worked in Aruba for Standard Oil. In 1961, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. In 1962, he graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in the District with a degree in accounting.

He was an accountant with James Stewart & Co. construction, a finance director for the United Planning Organization and a consultant with Executive Systems Corp. before the founding of Dau, Walker and Associates.

His first marriage, to Mary-Louise Hershberger, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Laura Dau Walker of Grandview; three children from his first marriage, Linda Walker-Hill of San Luis Obispo, Calif., James S. Walker of Seattle and David C. Walker of Middleburg; two stepchildren, Kelly Dau of Laurel and Scott Dau of Groveland, Fla.; two brothers; two sisters; and 12 grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes