Funeral services will be held in Ogden Tuesday for Gerald Robert Walker, 39, a local child psychologist, who died while on his honeymoon in Mexico.
Mr. Walker, the founder and director of the children's unit at Charter Summit Hospital in Salt Lake City, was remembered by his colleagues in a memorial service there Monday.Mr. Walker drowned Feb. 28, 1989, while swimming in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. He married Sandra Tyson in Salt Lake City on Feb. 18, after a nine-year relationship.
"He just loved life," said Steve Craig, the hospital's adolescent program director, describing his long-time friend as an avid athlete and outdoorsman.
Craig described Mr. Walker as a highly skilled and well-trained clinician, an administrator who was devoted to his staff.
"He was integrity," said Larri White, nurse manager of the children's unit. "He was just a wonderful example to everyone of a person who lived what he believed. He was extremely knowledgeable."
The children's unit, which Mr. Walker directed since last April, treats young patients, ages 4 to 12, with emotional disorders on an in-patient basis.
Mr. Walker attended Ogden schools, and received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Utah. He worked as clinical house supervisor for Salt Lake Valley Mental Health and as a behaviorial specialist for the Salt Lake County Mental Health Department, working with autistic children.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 2604 Jefferson Ave.