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Dr. Allen R. Walker


Dr. Allen R. Walker, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center from 2003 to 2011, died July 16, 2021, at the age of seventy-five.

Allen joined the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at JHC in 1989 after serving in the U.S. Navy as a military base pediatrician for two years and continuing to hone his medical skills as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and The University of Nevada School of Medicine. He then spent several years in private practice to understand all aspects of excellent pediatric care.

In addition to his role as Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Allen became an advocate for children in the state of Maryland becoming a nationally recognized expert in child victimization working closely with MD Child Protective Services and the judicial system to create a safe environment for youth.

Allen was a member of the staff of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System from 1995 to 2017 spending much of that tenure as the Associate EMS Director for Pediatrics. His focus was continuous improvement of care and communication among all medical personnel who work with children,

Allen is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara, his daughters, Jessica H. Friedland of Hanover, PA, Meredith L. Walker of Reston, VA; two grandchildren, Kaylyn W. Friedland and Brayden N. Friedland of Hanover, PA and a brother, John L. Walker of San Diego, CA. He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence G. Walker.

All who worked with Allen recognized his true gift as an educator who always advocated for doing what was in the best interest of the child. No celebration of life is planned at this time to keep everyone safe, but to help Allen continue to influence future pediatricians, gifts in his memory may be made to the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Educational Fund established by the Walker family by sending a check payable to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center with a memo indicating that your gift is in memory of Dr. Allen R. Walker. Mail to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, 750 E Pratt St, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202-3149.


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Tom Tetzlaff, M.D.

July 20, 2021 7:34 PM

I first met Allen in 1974. I was lucky to fall into his orbit by sharing a Chief Residency with him at Duke University Pediatrics. Allen was a quiet but mighty force in the quest to make sick kids well.
My wife and I became friends with Al and Barbara (his quiet and demur wife-NOT) when she banged on our door and invited us over. We spent many hours together. They subsequently moved to Reno, NV where I was in private practice. Again I was amazed at his skill and knowledge.
Some doctors are practitioners and others are true clinicians with skill and knowledge and the magic sauce of intuition and experience that keeps them far above the fray.
Al was one of those. So it didn't surprise me when he became a leader in Pediatric Emergency Care at one of the best hospitals in the country.
He was a role model and mentor for hundreds of pediatricians whether in training or practice and will be sorely missed.
I recently discovered a saying that applies to Al:
Don't cry because it has ended
Smile because it occurred.
Tom Tetzlaff, M.D. Pediatric Infectious Disease and Intensive care. 

Claude and Carol Fortin

July 19, 2021 8:39 PM

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Joyce Ordun

July 19, 2021 8:14 PM

With deepest sympathy. He was a wonderful man who will live forever in the lives he touched.
Joyce Ordun

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Lubna Qazi Abdullah

July 19, 2021 7:30 PM

Dr Walker was the highlight of my peds ER time in residency. He helped train me, encouraged and supported me, and taught me with kindness and compassion for his patients always. He was my favorite. I absolutely loved him as an attending physician. Pls know how much he meant to us residents. My sincere condolences to his family. Sincerely
Lubna Qazi Abdullah

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