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James Walker, Jr., GLFEA CEO, Dies Suddenly at 58
Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM.

jim-walker.jpgThe Great Lakes Fabricators & Erectors Association (GLFEA) Board of Directors announced that D. James (Jim) Walker, Jr., their CEO, passed away suddenly on December 5 at the age of 58. Photo: GLFEA


Walker began his 42-year-career in the construction industry during high school, when he worked for his family’s company, Goss Mechanical. He attended Michigan State University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and president of the Michigan State Scuba Diving Club, and received a bachelor’s degree in business in 1976. He subsequently studied law and received his Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law.


After law school, he and his wife Emily both went to work for Bechtel Power in hopes of traveling the globe, but only made it as far as Midland, Mich. He later worked for the Association of Underground Contractors before joining GLFEA in 1994.


A lifelong resident of Michigan, Jim was a strong advocate for the state and the city of Detroit; he recently filmed videos for the structural steel industry, showing highlights from around the city. He remained deeply committed to the success of industry in Michigan through the many roles he fulfilled with numerous organizations. He was in Washington, D.C., when he passed away, working on pension for The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC). He served on the TAUC Board of Directors, chaired the LEO Group and was the representative for TAUC on the Pension Reform Commission.


Walker is survived by his wife, Emily, a son and a brother.

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