My dad was Duane Raymond Walker, M. D. He was born and raised in Clark Missouri, a tiny town near Moberly. He had polio as an infant and spent long periods in an iron lung. The disease left him with a withered leg and a permanent limp. Despite his pronounced limp he played tennis in high school and college and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He never let his condition slow him down nor did I ever hear him complain of it.

I’m sure the experience of his illness along with the kindness and generosity of the Shriner’s and treatment he received at their hospitals inspired him to become a doctor. He founded McHenry Medical Group with Howard Nachman, M.D. and was also a founder of Doctors Medical Center.

Attached is my favorite photograph of him doing what he loved, fishing along the Sacramento River.