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Capt. Margurite Walton
During her decades of services to the United States Navy, retired Capt. Margurite Walton ’59 traveled to all corners of the world. But no matter where she went, her heart was never far from Montevallo.
Walton came to UM after graduating from Fairhope High School in south Alabama, and earned a bachelor’s degree in something she always had a passion for: art. At Montevallo, she was on the Alabamian, Tower and Montage staffs, was involved in College Night and was active in several organizations such as the Religious Council, Usher’s Club and the International Relations Club.
Her first career laid the groundwork for her to share her passion with the next generation, as she taught in the Mobile County School System from 1959-1963; first as a physical education administrator and later as a teacher. From there, her nearly 30-year career in military intelligence began when she enlisted in the Navy and started making an impact across the globe. Her career took her to New York, Maryland, the Pentagon, England, South Korea, Central America and more.
Walton never lost her passion for art, and worked in several art galleries during her travels. This allowed her to become involved in the community no matter where she was in the world, and even led to some surprise meetings.
“While she was in London, she was volunteering as a docent of an art gallery, and actually ended up working under John McCain’s dad through that,” said Walton’s niece, Elizabeth Carroll. “She truly had a lifelong passion for art.”
Because of the impact UM had on her life, Walton made it a priority to support the University’s Art Department as much as possible, and regularly set money aside over the years to make a lasting impact on Montevallo students’ lives. When she died in February 2020, Walton left a sizeable legacy gift to the University to endow the Commander Margurite Walton Scholarship in Art.
“She wanted to do this to help promising young people who may be struggling to afford college,” Carroll said. “Her art education opened so many doors for her, and she was adamant about setting money aside to help other peoples’ lives.“Seeing the passion she had for it has really inspired me to want to make a difference in my life as well,” Carroll added. “I’m happy that this scholarship is going to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation.”
Learn more about Capt. Walton in the February 2021 issue of the 1896 Society Newsletter below.
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