Douglas W. Walker

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Immediate Past Chair, Governing Council

Douglas Walker served on The Wilderness Society governing council from 1998 through 2015. He was immediate past chair of the council.

Doug Walker was retired chairman and chief executive officer of WRQ, Inc. For 25 years, Doug was the founding partner and CEO of WRQ, an integration software company that served Fortune 500 companies and had customers in 51 countries. 

He was an active supporter of charitable, environmental and community organizations.  Doug was the chair of the governing council of The Wilderness Society and immediate past chair of the board of trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 

Doug also served on the boards of the Seattle Parks Foundation, Green Diamond Resource Company, Conservation Lands Foundation, The American Alpine Club, Forterra, Civil War Trust, UW College of the Environment, The William D. Ruckelshaus Center Advisory Board and The Sierra Club Foundation. 

He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and attended the University of Washington Graduate School of Mathematics. 

Doug was an avid hiker and mountain climber and a year-round bicycle commuter. Doug passed away in January 2016. A tribute page can be found here and donations to The Doug Walker Memorial Fund are accepted here.