Mrs. Barbara Martin Walker
  • Barbara M. Walker would be so pleased to be remembered in association with one of her two favorite charities rather than with flowers or any other memorial or honor.
  • World Federalist Movement
    708 Third Avenue, Suite 1715
    New York, NY 10017
  • A long time believer in education, she and Sally Swing Shelley founded The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) and supported the organization with her time and money. Please remember her through her special work with CTAUN.
  • Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN)
    3 Linwood Place
    c/o Anne-Marie Carlson
    White Plains, NY 10606

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“I am sorry to hear of Barbara's passing, though happy to know she lived such long and happy late years. I worked for Barbara as an editorial...Read More »
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“Please join us to celebrate Barbara Martin Walker's life and work on May 9. Details at http://bmw.pingg.com/bmw. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Bela August Walker

“Please join us to celebrate Barbara Martin Walker's life and work on May 13. Details at http://bmw.pingg.com/bmw. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Bela August Walker - BROOKLYN, NY

“Barbara will be missed, memories live on comforting aching hearts, may prayers and the loving support of family and friends, see you through this...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Sue

“Dear Bill, dear all, my condolences go to Barbara's family and friends. One of my first books about world federalism is "A reader on second...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Nicola Vallinoto - Genova (Italy)

“Barbara was an inspiration to anyone at WFM/CICC who met her - a joyful presence with a passion for making the entire world better. And she did. ...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jens Iverson

“Dear friends,Barbara Martin Walker, one of the long-time and finest members of WFM, passed away on Friday, March 25. Barbara Walker and her husband...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: william pace - new york city, NY


Barbara Martin Walker, 92, of East Windsor, passed away at home, unexpectedly due to a stroke, on Friday, March 25, 2016. Her family was with her. Born in Manhattan in 1923 and raised in Riverdale, Barbara attended the Putney School in Vermont, graduated from Wellesley College, Class of 1945, and studied Psychology at City College of New York with Bruno Klopher, a celebrated researcher of the Rorschach Test. She later earned a Masters Degree in Teaching History, Trinity College, Washington D.C. She married Robert Gill Walker of Meadville PA in 1948. They resided in Newtown Connecticut and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they started a family. In 1952 they relocated to Chevy Chase, Maryland. In 1957, Bob's service with the US Department of State led them to relocate to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1960, and to Santiago, Chile in 1962. They returned to Chevy Chase in 1966. After 20 years there, they retired to Constitution Hill, Princeton, New Jersey in 1986 and settled in Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, New Jersey in early 2008. Her father, Alexander Tertius Martin, served as a Medical Officer in Base Hospital 15 in Chaumont, France during WWI. She is descended from the commander of the US Naval Fleet in the Great Lakes during the War of 1812, Commodore Melancthon Taylor Woolsey. On her father's side from James Buchanan Thompson who served the Union Army during the Civil War and David Boyd who fought with Pennsylvania regiments in the War of Independence. Her mother, Dorothy Freeman Martin, a talented artist, painted watercolors. During WWII Barbara drove a truck for the Red Cross and worked at a Veterans' Administration job placement center for returning servicemen in New York City. In their years in South America Barbara engaged in extensive work as Spouse of a Foreign Service Officer. Once back in the US she was a history teacher at Spingarn High School prior to serving as a Guidance Counselor for the Washington International School in Washington D.C. She and her family enjoyed summers in Menemsha, Massachusetts. She and Bob were lifelong and active supporters of the World Federalist Movement and served on the Board of that organization.WFM published her reference book entitled "Uniting the People and Nations", in 1994. Barbara was a Representative to the United Nations for the International Schools Association, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) and with Sally Swing Shelley, a Senior Officer with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), founded the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN). It is a UN/NGO partnership devoted to teaching children about a world made increasingly interdependent by globalization. She worked tirelessly on The CTAUN Teacher's Conference held yearly at the UN. Predeceased by her parents, Alexander Tertius and Dorothy (Freeman) Martin and her husband, Bob; she is mourned by many friends and colleagues and her children and their spouses, D. Mead Walker (Barbara August), Polly Walker (Sean Owen), Tertius Gill Walker (Bonnie Scheibman), E. Martin Walker (Mercedes Diaz), Nicholas Thompson Walker, and Jennet Stowe Walker (John Auerbacher); her grandchildren and their spouses, Tanya Jeanette Brinkley (Shane Kancey), Dylan Jordan Walker (Ella Bogorodovskaya), Bela August Walker (Jennifer Flynn), Lydia Rose Walker, Aura Walker, Auro-Free Walker-Vanderwerf (Jessie Vanderwerf), Isabel Wheelock, Lewis Erasmo and Martha DelCarmen Walker Diaz, Lucas Eleazar and Adrian Solomon Walker, Isaac Hart and Alice Auerbacher; and her great-grandchildren, Amani and Siddiq Kancey, Darius Dallan and Sofia Alexandra Walker, Flynn Robert and Rock Tatcher Walker, Jericho-Apollo Walker-Roberts, Auro-Lila Walker-Vanderwerf and India Walker-Folliard; and her brother, Sandy Martin and his wife, Peg, of Middlebury VT. A private service, Monday, March 28. Internment next to Bob at Abel's Hill Cemetery, Chilmark MA. An event to recognize Barbara's legacy in the field of internationalism and education to be held in New York City at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Walker's memory to the World Federalist Movement at wfm-igp.org or to CTAUN at teachun.org.

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