Ronald W. Walker, American historian, Died at 76

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Ronald Warren Walker was born in 1939, in Missoula, Montana and died on May 9, 2016.

He was a historian of the Latter Day Saint movement

Ronald was formerly a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) and president of the Mormon History Association.

Walker graduated from high school in Bakersfield, California.

He attended BYU, where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1961 and a Master of Arts in 1965.

Walker then received a Master of Science from Stanford University in 1968, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1977, writing his dissertation on the Godbeites.

In his graduate studies, he had worked in the church’s Institute of Religion in southern California and at the University of Utah.

In 1976, Ronald W. Walker joined the LDS Church Historical Department under Leonard Arrington .

Ronald W. Walker was transferred to BYU to become a professor of history and inaugural member of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History, in 1980.

Later, Ronald served as a senior research fellow at the Smith Institute and acting director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

Ronald W. Walker was president of the Mormon History Association from 1991–1992.

Nelani Midgley Walker was his wife, they had seven children.

Ronald W. Walker was a Latter-day Saint and among other callings in the Church has served as a bishop.

Ronald W. Walker passed away at 76 yrs old.

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