Prominent Orlando attorney and former UFLaw Board of Trustees Chair Ronnie H. Walker (JD 68), passed away Sept. 29, 2002, at age 65.
“He was a good friend,” said Robie Robinson, immediate past Board of Trustees chair.“He had a big heart, and he loved the College of Law.”
A native Floridian, Ronnie was born in Tampa to Lamar and Inez Walker and raised in Miami. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1961, served in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1961 66, and was a member of the elite Hurricane Hunters squadron in Puerto Rico and Jacksonville. While serving five years in the reserves, he returned to UF to attend law school.
“Ronnie was not only a fine attorney, he was a caring person who was deeply committed to this institution and what it could do for students and the profession,” said Dean Jon Mills. “The Trial Team scholarship he endowed here will benefit generations of future lawyers.”
The Ronnie H. Walker Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support to the top eight Trial Team finalists and supports the Ronnie H. Walker Trial Team Competition each spring. He established the fund “to promote excellence among UF Trial Team members.”
Walker was an avid Bull Gator and UF benefactor and very active in the law school community and in efforts on behalf of his alma mater. His other philanthropic interest was the YMCA, which recognized him as its 2001 “Unsung Hero.”
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandy; daughters Jan Mason and Lori Wells; sons-in-law Rick Mason and J.C. Wells; grandchildren Dalton, Dakota and Kaitlyn Mason and Madelyn and J. Walker Wells; and his sister, Peggy Ralph, and brother, Michael Walker, both of Miami.