In Memory

Barbara Clawson (Walker) - Class Of 1941

Barbara Clawson (Walker)

  Dr. Barbara R. Clawson Walker, 80, of West Lafayette, died at 12:17 pm. on Dec. 29, 2003, in Home Hospital, where she had been a patient since Dec. 13.
  Born in Warren County on March 24, 1923, she was the daughter of Walter and Delores Fenters Clawson.
  She married John E. Walker on Feb. 14, 1945, in Boston, Mass., and he died on June 21, 1992.
  She was a 1941 graduate of Delphi High School, became a registered nurse through Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, received a bachelor's degree in art education from Purdue University in 1967, a master's in art education from Purdue University and a doctorate in art education from Purdue University in 1977.
  Mrs. Walker was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a nurse, and was stationed in the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Chicago, Ill., from March 1945 to Aug. 1945.
  She was an instructor with the visual and performing arts department at Purdue University, teaching art education from 1989 until her retirement in May of 2003.
  For 11 years, she taught Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.  She was head of the art department for a time.  She taught art to elementary students in the lab school and was a visiting professor at Ball State University for a year.
  Mrs. Walker taught art at Delphi Community School Corporation from 1968 to 1973.  She was the current vice president of Wabash Valley Water Color Society in Lafayette; past president of Greater Lafayette Area Art League; a member of National Art Education Association; past president of Delphi Tri Kappa Sorority, where she was instrumental in the development of the Delphi Art Show; former member of the Delphi United Methodist Church; and recently a member of First United Methodist Church in West Lafayette.
  She was a member of the UNTO Dinner Club; an avid bridge palyer, belonging to clubs in Delphi and Lafayette; and was studing to take her master gardener's exam.
  Mrs. Walker was interviewed about her duties in World War II as a registered nurse, which is on record in the National Archives in Washington D.C.  She traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world, and enjoyed gardening.
  Surviving are four daughters, Robin Allbaugh of Delphi, Jan Marzoli of West Lafayette, Suzannah Walker of Indianapolis, and Nancy Peter-Contesse of Sultan, Wash.; a son, Philip Walker of Columbis City; a sister, Kay Clawson Burnett of Arlington, Va.; and eight grandsons.  She was a host mom for foreign exchange student Luigi Conte during 65-66.  She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
  Services were Jan. 3 in West Lafayette, followed by a private family burial.  Arrangements were made byu Abbott Funeral Home.
  Memorial may be made to Fine Arts Council.
Obituary notice taken from the Carroll County Comet, Wednesday, January 7, 2004