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The Chicago Daily Observer Mourns the Passing of Governor Dan Walker

Sun-Times 29 April 2015 No Comment

Dan Walker, former governor of Illinois, died Wednesday at age 92 at his home in Chula Vista, Calif., according to his son, Dan Walker Jr.


Walker, a Democrat, was elected in 1972. He was a Montgomery Ward executive who had burst into prominence in 1971 with his epic 1,197 mile walk across the state, from Kentucky to the Wisconsin border. He was charismatic, with a broad smile and a thatch of hair often described as worthy of a Kennedy.

He defeated incumbent Gov. Richard Ogilvie, 51 percent to 49 percent, in the general election.

Walker had graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945 and from Northwestern Law School in 1950. He also served on active duty in the Navy from 1940-41, 1945-47, and in 1951, according to the National Governors Association. Walker served as administrative aide to Illinois Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson, according to the governors association.

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