The Distinguished Eagle Scout award is a rare achievement. More people have summited Mount Everest than have received this prestigious award given to Eagle Scouts in honor of long-term national and international career accomplishments and significant, consistent community service. Going back to 1969, the first year the award was given, honorees from Utah have included Dallin H. Oaks, Jeffery R. Holland, Larry M. Gibson, and Alan Ashton.
Dr. Walker earned the rank of Eagle Scout December 3, 1946 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Since then he has served the community through his exemplary career accomplishments.
A nuclear scientist for the past 48 year, Dr. Walker has really been true to “Leave No Trace” principles as a pioneer in the safe and healthy long-term disposal of nuclear waste. He achieved national and international distinction as a member of the American Nuclear Society at the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, the Department of Energy Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburg, the Idaho Reactor Test Site in Idaho Falls, the Offshore Power Systems division of Westinghouse Company, Science Application Corporation in Augusta, Georgia and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. His last career assignment involved preparing the environmental impact statement for the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Water Repository in Nevada.
Other honorees include venture capitalist, Ron Mika; former NFL player, Chad Lewis; and BYU professor and inventor, Milton Lee. Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards will also be given to Utah men who have demonstrated more localized lifetime accomplishments and from all walks of life from police officers to bank vice presidents.
As a part of the Freedom Festival, the Celebration of Eagles event is open to the public. Entertainment will feature the Nashville Tribute Band. Tickets are available at Smith’s Tix and online at www.utahscouts.org/eagles2014.
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Contact: Ron Nyman | Director of Field Service, Utah National Parks Council