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Warren Stanley Walker [1920-2002] earned his PhD from Cornell University in 1951. Earlier, he had obtained his M.A. from the State University of New York-Albany (1947); and B.A. from the same institution (1947), all in English. During the Second World War, he was with the United States Army Air Corps (1943-1946). Afterward, he served on the English faculties of Blackburn College, Illinois (1951-1958); Parsons College, Iowa (1958-1964); Texas Tech University (1964-1986).

Dr. Walker was appointed the first Horn Professor of English (1971) at Texas Tech. He is the author and editor of several dozen volumes. The article “Language Laboratory: A Formula for the Small College” in American College and Universioty Business written while at Blackburn College outlined the plan he developed and constructed, was broadcast on the show Today and Tomorrow in Science by Huntley of Huntley-Brinkley.

During 1961-1962 academic year, Dr. Walker and his wife, Barbara, were in Ankara, to fullfil the requirements of the Fulbright Grant he was awarded. There, Walkers met Professor Ahmet Edip Uysal (See his bio). It was Dr. Uysal who personally took Dr. and Mrs. Walker to the villages, made introductions, vouchsafed for them, and protected them from the the realm of the unknown. During subsequent summer visits by Walkers to the Turkish Republic, when Barbara Walker also began audio-taping narratives, the same pattern continued. Later, Barbara Walker published a segment of those in a number of volumes. Dr. Uysal also recorded narratives from the field year round and forwarded them to the UYSAL-WALKER archive at Texas Tech. This designation was a mutual decision reached by Drs. Uysal and Walker, and is engraved onto each and every volume of the translated narratives; thus the name of the collection..

Barbara Jeanne Kerlin Walker was born in Michigan in 1921, earned her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1943; M.A from the State University of New York at Albany in 1947, both in English. She taught at high schools in New York state (1948-1949), worked as a reader and associate editor at Cornell University Press (1949-1951). She moved to Lubbock alongside her husband, and worked in ATON as an unsalaried volunteer. Mrs. Walker was awareded an honorary doctorate from the Selcuk University (Konya, 1989) in recognition of her retelling the Turkish narratives. Samples are digitized and available elsewhere on this website, as well as full citations of her Texas Tech University Press published versions (with live links). She retired from ATON in 2003.


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