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Jean Walton Memorial Service Set for October 28, 2006

A memorial service for Jean Walton, a remarkable woman who contributed much to the life of Pomona College, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). She died July 5, 2006 at her home in Claremont.

Walton arrived at Pomona in 1949 to be dean of women and later served as dean of students, vice president for Student Affairs, and co-founder of the Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Women's Studies Program. She also found time to teach classes in mathematics and women’s studies. During years of profound change, she helped develop a new model of residential life and challenged students, faculty and administrators to recognize changing gender roles. During her career, she received both Pomona’s Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1975, and the 1974 Scott Goodnight Award, the top award of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Upon her retirement from Pomona in 1979, Jean served as the first coordinator of Intercollegiate Women's Studies for the Claremont Colleges and continued the mentorship of women students and faculty for which she was so deeply revered.

At the time of her retirement, some of her former students established the Jean B. Walton Scholarship Fund in her honor, and in 1981, a new residential lounge on the Pomona campus was named Walton Commons, in recognition of her many years of distinguished service.

Note: Because of the Village Venture event in Claremont on Oct. 28, traffic and parking in the vicinity of the campus may be impacted. Campus entrances on Bonita Avenue and on Fourth Street will be closed until 10:30 am, but those attending the memorial service for Jean Walton will be granted access by the Campus Safety officers who will staff the barricades at those intersections. This should assure that ample parking will be available on campus.