T. Urling Walker[edit | edit source]
T. Urling Walker was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1925, and in 1943 became an aircraft mechanic for the U.S Army Air Corps. He served in the Asian Pacific Theater of World War II.
Upon returning from the war he attended Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania and then transferred to Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio and got his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1951.
He held a number of leadership positions in local civic organizations and was elected as mayor of Watertown from 1983 to 1991. He also served as interim city manager from September 1994 to December 1995. Walker also was chairman of CREG Systems and trustee of JCC and the JCC Foundation, as well as on the boards of New York Casualty Insurance, WNPE/WNPI Public Television and Neighbors of Watertown (NOW), and served a number of other organizations.
The Walkers both received the Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award, given annually to an outstanding citizen of Watertown; Mr. Walker in 1974 and Mrs. Walker (Mabel Brooks Walker) in 1988. They also received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the State University College at Potsdam in Potsdam, New York as well as other community recognitions.