United States Navy Memorial Foundation Leader Retires
Washington, D.C. (October 4, 2011) – The United States Navy Memorial Foundation announces the retirement of its President and CEO Rear Admiral Edward K. Walker, Jr., SC, USN (Ret), effective 1 November 2011. He will be relieved by Vice Admiral John Totushek, USNR (Ret), whose last active duty assignment was Chief of Navy Reserve.
Admiral Walker served 34 years in the Navy Supply Corps after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1954. During his long and distinguished career, he served at sea in a number of surface and subsurface commands, and ashore in various tours in Norfolk, Newport, Panama and at the Pentagon on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. As a Flag Officer, he served on the joint staff of the Commander in Chief Atlantic and the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic as the Fleet Supply Officer, then as Assistant Comptroller of the Navy and ultimately as Chief of Supply Corps and Commander Navy Supply Systems Command from 1984 until retirement in September 1988. Since retirement, he has been Vice President of a major contractor providing world-wide service to the military. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of a large manufacturing company providing sophisticated advanced electronics to the United States military and our allies.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Admiral Walker became a member of the Board of the United States Navy Memorial Foundation in 1989 and subsequently became Treasurer of the Foundation in 1992, serving in that position until the present time. He will remain as Treasurer and an active member of the Board.
Admiral Walker has been far more than just a Board member throughout his years of service. He has been an active and fully engaged volunteer, performing a variety of jobs and special taskings. He has spent as many as three or four full days a week at the Memorial, which includes several terms as interim President and CEO. He became the full-time President and CEO in May of 2009.
“In his two and a half year term, Admiral Walker has been an inspirational leader, maintaining the stability of the organization’s financial position and improving revenues in the face of the most adverse climate for funding and fund-raising since the Great Depression,” said U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Board Chairman Richard C. Vie. “The Foundation owes him a most significant vote of thanks for his outstanding and dynamic drive and devotion. His day-to-day presence will be missed, but we look forward to his continued positive and supportive involvement as a member of the Board.”
Vice Admiral John Totushek has had a long and distinguished career spanning 37 years in both active service and the Navy Reserve. A 1966 graduate of the University of Minnesota, he earned his commission through a Naval ROTC scholarship and was designated a pilot upon completion of flight training in June 1968. Admiral Totushek began his Naval Aviation career flying the F-4 Phantom in Florida and Virginia-based squadrons. In November 1973, he resigned his regular commission and accepted a commission in the Naval Reserve. During the next 24 years, Vice Admiral Totushek served in numerous capacities with the Naval Reserve and several civilian companies.
In the Naval Reserve, he served as Commanding Officer of numerous commands as well as senior strategic and management positions within the Navy, including command of the Atlantic Fleet's Logistics Task Force and the Southeast Region's Naval Reserve Readiness Command. In addition, he served as the deputy director for Naval Air Warfare.
In his civilian career, Vice Admiral Totushek founded a Virginia-based construction firm and served as its president from 1973 until 1980. He then joined a series of construction companies in Hampton Roads, Virginia. During this time, he completed some of the best-known office buildings and parks in Tidewater.
In early 1997, Vice Admiral Totushek was asked to return to active duty to lead the Navy’s environmental, safety and occupational health programs. He was then selected as Commander, Naval Reserve Force on 17 October 1998. He was promoted to Vice Admiral on 24 May 2001. On 1 November 2003, he retired from active duty and became a Senior Vice President of The Staubach Company where he headed the Public Sector Practice. In July 2008, The Staubach Company was purchased by Jones Lang LaSalle where Admiral Totushek is currently a Managing Director. VADM Totushek has been a Director on the US Navy Memorial Foundation Board since 2010.
About the United States Navy Memorial
Conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue – halfway between the White House and the Capitol, the United States Navy Memorial provides a living tribute to Navy people and a place for them to gather and celebrate their service. The outdoor plaza features a “Granite Sea” map of the world, towering masts with signal flags, fountain pools and waterfalls and The Lone Sailor© statue. Adjacent to the plaza is the Naval Heritage Center, where visitors can find educational displays about the contributions of the men and women of the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine). Also housed in the Naval Heritage Center is the Navy Log – the online place for Navy people to stay connected with each other, celebrate their service and preserve the memories of their service. There, Navy veterans can build a record of their service online. Call (202) 737-2300 or visit www.navymemorial.org for more information.