Thoughts from some of Walker’s colleagues:
“I knew Alexis for almost 20 years as a teacher, mentor, colleague, and department chair. I came to OSU in the fall of 1992 as a Master’s student. I completed my Master’s and Ph.D. here and was then hired as an Instructor. I only had one class with Alexis when I was a graduate student and she was an amazing teacher. She was also on my Doctoral committee and provided perfect feedback that always helped me to be a better writer. When I joined the faculty she became my colleague. During that time, she always treated me as equal and not like the grad student who just never left. Two years ago, Alexis became the HDFS Department Chair. That may not seem like much, but she willingly took on that demanding position as a four-year cancer patient.
In her brief 60 years, she truly made this world a better place in immeasurable ways. I’m not much of a religious person, so WWJD never served me well. So, for the last 20 years I have been using WWAD as my moral compass. When faced with challenging professional (and personal) situations, I frequently asked myself, “What Would Alexis Do?” She has been my voice of reason, clarity, and integrity. I know, without reservation, that I am better person for having known her.”
“She believed in consensus, and in introducing change in a way that people could get on board.”
Dean Tammy Bray:
“It is with a broken heart, I share the sad news of the passing of Alexis Walker, our friend, colleague and CPHHS family member. Many of you have followed Alexis’s journey on the CaringBridge for last few weeks. I was thankful that many of us have the opportunity to tell her how much she meant to us before she passed and that many former students, colleagues, friends and family surrounded her these past few weeks at the end of her long battle with cancer. She fought so hard and was so courageous, and even though I knew this time was coming I am still in shock that she is gone. I physically felt the heartache when I heard the news.
Alexis has always been an inspiration for me and no doubt countless of you too. A trusted colleague who has helped to shape and lead the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, she also was a valuable and motivating teacher and mentor to many, who are now leaders in their own right and who are using her as an example as they teach, research and mentor new generations of students. Just last week, in fact, she was honored with a national mentoring award.
In addition to her students, I, too, have valued her wise counsel. She was very private, but so willing to help others – and this college – succeed. My hope now is that she is at peace, and that we all take her legacy to heart – her gentle spirit, her supportive nature and the way she cared for those around her. Our love to her leaves a memory no one can steal.”