Ilion Alumni Pharmacist

Myron Walker - IHS Alumnus

November 2020

By Aileen Carney Sweeney

 

Myron Walker Albany College of Pharmacy Yearbook 1927
Myron Walker - Albany College of Pharmacy Yearbook 1927

Myron L. Walker - IHS 1923 - Pharmacist

Myron Walker was born in Richfield Springs on October 3, 1905. He was a son of Herburt Walker and Effie Ames Walker. The family moved to Ilion while he was a young boy. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1923. the Village of Tupper Lake, NY, on August 15, 1905. He moved to Ilion as a child and graduated from Ilion High School in 1923. He graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy Class of 1927 at the age of 19. He was required to wait until he was twenty-one years old before he was eligible to take the New York State Board examination, which he passed. For two years before taking the test, worked as a pharmacist for the B. A. Russell pharmacy in Ilion and worked in St. Petersburg, Fla. In June 1930, Myron Walker married Marian Rogers, IHS Class of 1928.

 

Early Career

Myron Walker, at the age of 21, joined the Parke Davis & Co. as a medical service representative. He rapidly advanced with the company. He left in 1931 to start his own pharmaceutical manufacturing company doing business as Myron L. Walker & Co., New York, N. Y.. He moved to his business to 508 Franklin Avenue, Mount Vernon in 1932. In 38, withdrew from the operation of that business. In 1940 he become president and treasurer of Walker Vitamin Products, Inc., of 17 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon.

 

Myron Walker, at the age of 21, joined the Parke Davis & Co. as a medical service representative. He rapidly advanced with the company. He left in 1931 to start his own pharmaceutical manufacturing company doing business as Myron L. Walker & Co., New York, N. Y.. He moved to his business to 508 Franklin Avenue, Mount Vernon in 1932. In 38, withdrew from the operation of that business. In 1940 he become president and treasurer of Walker Vitamin Products, Inc., of 17 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon.

 

Founded Walker Laboratories

The Ilion Sentinel featured his new laboratory in the November 1, 1951 edition.

Older Ilion residents will be interested In the news of the outstanding success of a former local resident, Myron Walker, younger brother of Harold Walker, Prospect Avenue, Ilion.

The formal opening and dedication of the now Walker Laboratories at Mt. Vernon, N, Y., took place last week and Mr. Walker was honored by the community for his success in building one of the outstanding concerns of its kind in the United States.

The laboratory, described as the "newest and probably the most unique addition to Mt. Vernon's industrial life, is of modern design and incorporates the latest features for industrial development.

Employing more than 150 men and women, the Walker Laboratories have outlets in 44 cities in this country and do a considerable export business to Latin-American countries, Egypt, Iran, Peru, Columbia and Hawaii.

Mr. Walker, founder and head of the business, will be remembered in Ilion, where he graduated from local schools and was employed by the Russell Pharmacy of Ilion when that company was located on First Street.

A story in the Mt Vernon newspaper, which incidentally devoted a complete supplement to the dedication, gives the following information about the former Ilion man:

Starting 30 years ago with meager assets - but boundless determination and ingenuity, Myron Walker, founder, presided example of a successful and popular business executive.

How at the helm of one of the outstanding pharmaceutical concerns of its kind in the nation, specializing in vitamins and allied products which are shipped all over the globe. Mr. Walker passed another notable milestone tomorrrow, with the dedication of the imposing new Walker Laboratories building in the rustic charm of Willson Woods Park.

Started as Druggist

Born Oct. 3, 1905, in Richfield N. Y., Mr. Walker was educated in the public schools of Ilion and was graduated from the Albany School of Pharmacy, a division of Union College, in 1925. He began his business life by operating retail drug stores in Ilion, and in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Later he became a detail-salesman for Parks Davis and Company, manufacturing chemists, with territories covering the Hudson River, Central New York and Broadway, New York City.

Leaving Parke Davis in 1930 to go into business for himself, he came to Mount Vernon in 1931 and in 1940 incorporated his business as the Walker Vitamin Products, Inc.. with laboratories at 17 South Columbus Avenue.

Active As civic Leader

Prominent in community activities, Mr. Walker is president of the Mount Vernon Community Chest, past president of Mount Vemon Kiwanis club, a member of the Board of Directors of Mount Vernon Trust Company and member of Mount Vernon Lodge 842, BPO Elks.

He also is chairman of the board of trustees of the Columbia University College of Pharmacy, and a member of Ilion Lodge F. and A M.

He married the former Marion R. Rogers of Syracuse in 1930. Residents of New Rochelle for the past 29 years, Mr. and Mrs, Walker, with their eleven-year old son, James R Walker, live at 282 Oxford Road.

 

Chairman of Board of Directors of Brokerage Firm

The Richfield Springs Mercury featured his many accomplishments in the June 11, 1964 edition.

Myron Walker Named Chairman of Board of Directors of Brokerage Firm

Myron Walker, a native of Richfield, has been named chairman of the Board of Directors of the recently expanded brokerage firm of Carter, Walker & Co., Inc members of the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange, with offices at 45 Wall Street, New York City.

The Carter-Walker firm is successor to the brokerage firm of Carter & Co., which was formed in 1881 as Tilghman, Rowland & Co., and succeeded in 1906 by Carter, Wilder & Co., and in 1916 by Carter & Co.

Mr. Walker was born on a farm on the Hyder Road, a son of Herburt Walker and Effie Ames Walker. He attended district school at Monticello as a young boy, and with his family, later removed to Ilion where he was graduated from high school.

Although Mr. Walker's years in Richfield were few, he has many relatives in the local Walker and Ames families who will learn of his success in the business, financial and professional world with pleasure.

Upon graduation from the Albany College of Pharmacy, division of Union University, in 1925, he started his business life as a pharmacist in Ilion, and later in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He subsequently Joined the esteemed firm of Parke, Davis & Co. as a medical service representative. Four years later, he established the small firm of Myron L. Walker & Co., Inc., which in 1940 became Walker Vitamin Products Inc., and in 1950, when a modern new plant was built in the beautiful Willson's Woods section of Mt. Vernon, N. Y., the name was changed to Walker Laboratories, Inc. In 1958, this firm was merged into the Vick Chemical Co., which is now Richardson-Merrell, Inc.

During this period, Mr. Walker became a director of the Mount Vernon Trust Co. which was merged with the County Trust Co. in April, 1952. He also served as a trustee of the Eastchester Savings Bank from 1950 to 1962.

He was President of the local Kiwanis Club, Director and Vice President of Mount Vernon Hospital, twice President of the Mount Vernon Community Chest, a Governor and Secretary of Wykagyl Country Club, was a Trustee and for five years Chairman of the Board of the Columbia University College of Pharmacy (now Trustee Emeritus).

He also served on the Board of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. Since moving to Florida, he has become a Director of the Boca Raton National Bank and the Debbie-Rand Hospital Foundation. He is presently a member of the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club and the Boca Raton Club, as well as The WestChester Country Club, the New York Athletic Club, the Lake Placid Club and the Ram Island club.

 

Myron Walker - IHS 1923 - Obituary

Below is the text from the obituary for Myron Walker from the December 13, 1976 Utica Observer Dispatch.

Myron L. Walker, a former Ilion resident who build a pharmaceutical business that producer more than 60 medical and drug products, died Sunday in Boca Raton after a brief illness. He was 71.

Mr. Walker was born in Richfield. He was graduated from Ilion High School in 1923 and later Albany School of Pharmacy. He married Marian Rogers of Ilion and Syracuse.

The couple lived at Mt. Vernon where Mr. Walker founded Walker Laboratories, Inc. Mrs. Walker died in August in Boca Raton.

Mr. Walker was elected a director of the New York Board of Trade in 1935. He sold Walker Laboratories about 20 years ago and had since lived in Boca Raton.

Local survivors include a nephew Herbert Walker, Ilion; a niece, Mary Clarke, Mohawk. A son, James R. Walker, lives in Palm Beach, Fla. Funeral arrangements are by the R.J. Kraeer Funeral Home Boca Raton.

 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Yearbook 1925 - Myron Walker
Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Volume 408 - page 47 books.google.com
Trust Company Elects Walker To Directorate - October 14, 1943 - Mount Vernon NY Daily Argus 1943 - 2145.pdf - 0443.pdf - fultonhistory.com
Former Ilion Pharmacist Heads New Laboratory Dedicated at Mt. Vernon - November 1, 1951 - Illion NY Sentinel 1951-1952 - 0443.pdf - fultonhistory.com
Former Ilion Man Honored - December 31, 1955 - Herkimer NY Evening Telegram 1955 03081.pdf - fultonhistory.com
Myron Walker Named Chairman of Board of Directors of Brokerage Firm - June 11, 1964 - Richfield Springs NY Mercury 1963-1964 - 0753.pdf - fultonhistory.com
Wall St. Firm Formed By Country Men - April 7, 1964 - Yonkers NY Herald Statesman 1964 Grayscale - 2804.pdf - fultonhistory.com
Myron Walker Obituary - December 13, 1976 - Utica NY Observer 1976 a - 6523.pdf - fultonhistory.com


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