Brock mourns passing of longtime University supporter Norris Walker

Brock University is saddened by the loss of Norris Walker, a steadfast supporter of the University and local community.

Walker passed away in St. Catharines on Jan. 27, at the age of 91.

Together with his late wife, Marilyn, Walker exhibited unwavering support for Brock and Niagara.

In 2001, an honorary doctorate degree was bestowed upon him by the University in recognition of his exceptional contributions to public service. Additionally, Norris served with distinction as the Chair of the Brock Board of Trustees and co-chaired the transformative “Good, Better, Brock! The Campaign for Brock University” campaign.

The enduring legacy of the Walker family is reflected across campus. The Walker Sports Complex, home to the University’s athletic and recreation facilities, stands as a testament to the profound impact and generous contribution of Norris, his brother John and their families. Additionally, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, which opened in 2015, has served as a catalyst for the revitalization of the arts scene in St. Catharines, further amplifying the Walkers’ lasting influence on the community.

“The University community has been enriched immeasurably by the Walkers’ unwavering support,” says Lesley Rigg, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Norris’ legacy will profoundly impact our students for generations to come. He will be deeply missed.”

Additional details of Walker’s legacy are available in his obituary on the George Darte Funeral Home website.

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