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Mary and Elwood Walker

June 6, 2016

Elwood and Mary Walker’s involvement with UNCW’s Cameron School of Business (CSB) and their membership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) have enriched their lives and the lives of others.

“We’ve been able to work as a team on projects while giving back to the community, which is important,” says Mary. “We’re happier, and we’re making a difference.”

For the past 15 years, the Walkers, who met in 1990 and married two years later, have been involved in various committees and enjoy taking classes in history, religion, philosophy and marine science.

Elwood retired from Price Waterhouse Consulting and currently holds a seat on the CSB Executive Advisory Board, which supports the growth and development of the CSB’s educational programs. Mary focused most of her career on the travel industry, first working for a large agency in Houston and then managing her own agencies. She served as a Cameron Executive Network (CEN) mentor, a volunteer network dedicated to enhancing the education and career development of CSB students and alumni, and has served on OLLI’s Advisory Board since 2002, serving as board chair for the past two years.

The couple’s ability to create a positive community impact extends to UNCW students, as well, having generously funded two scholarships. The Elwood Walker Scholarship is a merit scholarship awarded to a student admitted into the Masters of Science in Accountancy Program. The Mary McDuffie Walker Scholarship is a general merit scholarship awarded to a rising junior or senior in the CSB. Elwood, in particular, was inspired to give back to university students because of the assistance he received when he was pursuing his business degrees. The one thing he asks scholarship recipients to do is to create a scholarship to help another generation when they are financially able.

“It’s an intellectual environment that Mary and I enjoy participating in. It gives us a community of like-minded people that we associate and interact with, from university employees to the members of CEN, OLLI and the board of the business school,” Elwood says. “We have developed friendships that are very important to us.”

- Laura Rojas ’17