Jerry Arnold Walker

Born: Thu., Mar. 4, 1948
Died: Mon., Feb. 9, 2015

Family to do services at a later date

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Jerry Arnold Walker
Jerry Arnold Walker was born on March 4, 1948 in Olney, Illinois.  Jerry graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in chemistry.  He obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from MIT and did postdoctoral work at Cal Tech.  He worked for 29 years at Upjohn / Pharmacia and Pfizer, retiring as a Vice President in Pharmaceutical bulk drug development.  Jerry loved golf and after retirement, became a tournament rules official working many college and state tournaments both in Michigan and Georgia.  Because of his excellent knowledge of golf rules, he was invited by the USGA to be a committee member for the US mid-amateur and the US amateur four ball tournaments.  Jerry served as a governor for Golf Association of Michigan.
Jerry and his wife Christine were married for 39 years.  They divided their time between residencies in Portage, Michigan and Greensboro, Georgia.
In addition to his wife, Christine, Jerry is survived by his mother, Ava; brother, Gary (wife Marcia) Walker; niece, Jennifer; sister, Diana Moade (husband Bill); nieces Sarah and Elizabeth; sister, Pam Sargeant (husband Clint); nephews, Michael and Jesse; sister-in-law, Barbara Sobala; four grandnephews and two grandnieces.  He was preceded in death by his father, Max.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date in his home state of Illinois.  He will be buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan hospital in Greensboro, GA.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Joe and Marianne Harris
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
The world has lost a really good guy. Both of us worked golf tournaments with Jerry and never heard him utter a bad word about anyone. We were also with him at the Tournament Administration Workshop in Palm Beach Gardens two years ago when he scored the elusive 100 on the Rules of Golf Exam. Quite a feat! He will be sorely missed by the golf community.

Diane Kiino
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
I will miss Jerry. I was on his handicap committee at The Moors;he chaired it with such expertise and matchless diligence. Always the gentleman too. Who will we go to with our rules questions now?? I'm sure he will get some chuckles and shake his head at our puzzlement over some of those silly golf rules. He always had a rational explanation, even when the USGA did not.

My heart is so heavy today. Christine, my sincere condolences to you and your family.

Bonnie and Jan Solter
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
Christine, so sorry to hear about your loss. Jerry was such a wonderful caring person. Always loved working with you both. You are in our prayers. Bonnie and Jan

Kevin Stokes
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
Jerry and I both joined the Mid-Am Committee the same year, and I only had the opportunity to visit with him the last two years at the Championships. First impression - true gentleman. We'll miss you Jerry, however I'm sure God will have you running a tournament in no time!

DR. Tom Hicks
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
Christine, I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I worked with Jerry all the years he was was with The GAM. Such a class individual, hard working , even tempered, way too smart for most of us.
What I'll remember most was what a really fine man he was.
You and Jerry are in our prayers.

Sherri Cupples
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
I always looked up to my "big boy" cousin Jerry. He was a true example of kindness and generosity all his life. And he was just about the smartest person I ever have known! Our prayers are with you all.

John Wright
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
Christine - so sorry for the news. The world has lost a great man and a good friend. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Kay Alexander
   Posted Wed February 11, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Jerry at Upjohn for many years. We worked on clindamycin phosphate and left the company on the same day. He was a fine and thorough chemist and fun to work with. Condolences on your loss.

Jack Pultorak
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
Jerry, my friend, I will miss you. Our lives crossed paths just a few short years but those years allowed me to get to know you well enough to know what a good man you were. You touched the lives of many and contributed to the great game of golf that we both love.

Cliff Sacks
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
Christine- I was saddened to hear of your loss. Jerry and I worked together for many years and shared a common background having worked for Dave Evans. Jerry was a good friend and a great person to work with at Upjohn. He taught me a great deal about science but also about working with others. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

Kory Henkes
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
The GRU Augusta Women's Golf team is sad to hear of Jerry's passing. He was a great man who will be greatly missed! We loved having him work our 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate each year. Our Prayers and Condolences to his family!

Warm Regards,
Kory Henkes
GRU Women's Golf Coach

Dave Houser
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
I worked with and around Jerry for ~25 years, and I had great respect for him as a chemist, a leader and most of all a person. Sorry to hear the news.

Bruce Stein
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
I had the pleasure of both working and playing golf with Jerry for many years when I was at Upjohn/Pharmacia. He was always a pleasure to work with.

The world lost a really nice guy.

My condolences and sympathy to Jerry's family.

Jan Pulliam
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
As a former classmate of Jerry's (Robinson), I am very sorry to hear of his passing. It's been several years, since we've talked with Jerry, but my husband & I, both, will remember him as a very nice & intelligent young man, and friend. As I read other comments, it appears that Jerry continued to be the gentleman he was many years ago. You have our condolences. Jan and Clark

Paul Shephard
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
I worked with Jerry for many years in the same Unit and Division at the Upjohn Company. Jerry was a great person, chemist, and leader. Christine, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

John Symonds
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
I am so grateful to have had the experience of working with Jerry. He was a brilliant scientist and he taught me so much. He was the type of man that you aspired to be. What a role model. We miss you Jerry.

Steve Parks
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
I worked with Jerry many times while doing work with the GAM. He was a fine man and I considered him a good friend. You have my sincere condolences.

Liz Butler
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
My sincere sympathy. Jerry was a great addition to the Handicap Committee here at Reynolds of which am a member. His contributions to the wonderful game of golf are most appreciated.

Noreen Rivers - Greene County Library
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
Oh, Christine, I just heard at the library today of Jerry's passing. I am so, so sorry. My love to you. Know that prayers will be lifted for you. With my love and sympathy.

Ellie Marino (USGA)
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
Christine, I am so sorry for your loss. I only had the pleasure of knowing Jerry while working the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships. He surely was a gentleman and his knowledge and love for the game will be truly be missed in the golf world. My prayers are with you.

Barb Ray
   Posted Fri February 13, 2015
Dear Christine,
I was so saddened to hear of Jerry's death. He will be deeply missed, I know, by you and the rest of the family as well as your many friends. Caring thoughts are with you at this sad time. Barb

Jean & Tom Runge
   Posted Fri February 13, 2015
Jean and I offer our deepest sympathies to Christine and the rest of Jerry's family. We both worked with them for about 25 years at Upjohn/Pharmacia and also enjoyed being their friends. We will always remember Jerry as a skilled scientist, a competent and well-liked manager, and especially a great friend to so many people. We will miss seeing him but keep him alive in our memories.

Roger Williams
   Posted Fri February 13, 2015
Molly and I wish to offer our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jerry. His scientific skills and affirmative management style made him admired by all of his colleagues. He will be missed by all.

John C Knight
   Posted Sat February 14, 2015
I am very sorry to hear of Jerry's untimely death, and regret that I will not be able to attend the funeral. I would like to express my condolences to the family.

Dave Buchanan
   Posted Sat February 14, 2015
Jerry leaves a wonderful legacy of doing good things well. He was generous with his time and full of passion for all aspects of golf. Jerry's deep knowledge of the handicap system and rules of golf amazed everyone. Everything Jerry did was done in a very unassuming way...the consummate gentlemen and friend!

Jim Keeler
   Posted Sat February 14, 2015
Christine - Jerry was so well liked at Pharmacia and Upjohn. He always had time to listen, one of his special management skills. I can remember talking golf technique with him in his office, and when I started in 1975 you and he were both working in Building 91. He will be missed by many.

Sandy Linabury
   Posted Tue February 17, 2015
Christine, I was so saddened to learn of your husband's passing. I and my colleagues at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts extend our profound sympathy. May you find peace and solace in the love of friends and family.

Dr. and Mrs. David Hesson
   Posted Fri April 03, 2015
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry, a lab mate, friend and colleague from our MIT days. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.