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Judy Walker was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois.  She moved to Cedar Lake, Indiana after elementary school, and graduated from Crown Point High School.  Judy earned a bachelor's degree in music education, with emphasis in choral music, from the University of Illinois in Champaign - Urbana, and was awarded a Dean's scholarship for her graduate work at the same institution.  While on campus, Judy also was the choir director for the University Lutheran Chapel.  Upon completing her master's degree in 1965, Judy began her teaching career in secondary vocal music in Griffith, Indiana.

After five years of teaching, Judy took a leave of absence to start a family.  During this time she was invited to be a Guest Lecturer in music at Purdue University Calumet, in Hammond, Indiana.  This expanded into vocal coaching and accompanying university musicals, and in 1976, Judy was hired full time, tenure-track position in the department of Communication and Creative Arts.  During her twenty-nine year tenure at Purdue Calumet, Judy was nominated for and received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award twice, and was an Associate Professor at the time of her retirement from the university in 2001.  Judy left the profession in good standing and was granted the status of Professor Emerita.

Immediately after leaving academia, Judy became the Executive Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony - a professional, regional symphony orchestra whose musicians come from all over the Chicagoland area as well as from northwest Indiana.  An active symphony board member for nineteen years, the transition from classroom to arts administration was a natural one for Judy.  She held this position for six years.  Currently, Judy is Director of Music and director of the adult choir at the First United Methodist Church in Griffith, Indiana.

Twice widowed, Judy is the proud parent of Five, talented adult children (which includes a set of twins) and eleven wonderful grandchildren.  She thanks her ninety-three year-old mother for teaching her of family love, for her musical interests, and for her spiritual guidance.  Judy credits her deceased father - a machinist, teacher and athlete - for her motivational drive and athletic interests.  For relaxation Judy enjoys meeting people, studying the harp, and attending cultural events.

Judy's participation in Rotary began in 2002 while she was executive director of the Northwest Symphony.  Since that time she has served the Rotary Club of Hammond as a song leader, PN, briefly as PE, two years as President of the club and one year as Assistant Governor.  Judy was selected as Director of the World Choir by the International Fellowship of Rotary Musicians, and directed the World Choir at the International Conventions in Montreal, New Orleans and Bangkok, Thailand.

Judy is a member of the Paul Harris 711 Club, she is a Paul Harris Fellow +4, she is a member of the Paul Harris Society, and a member of the Bequest Society.  She is a proud Rotarian, and grateful for these opportunities to serve. 
 
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