James H. “Bill” Walton

James H. “Bill” Walton, passed away on August 22, 2019 at the age of 86 years.

Bill was born in Winner, South Dakota on May 25, 1933. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1954 and received an M.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1956. He was on the faculty of Wake Forest College for 10 years. He was Managing Director of the Washington Theater Club from 1970-1973. In 1974, he joined NUS Corporation in Rockville as Director of Video Training. In 1977, along with two partners, he founded the Industrial Training Corporation and was named CEO in 1980, a position he held until 1997. In later years, he was an Educational Consultant and wrote a bi-weekly blog on trends in education.

Bill was a devoted fan of the University of Nebraska football and women’s volleyball teams, as well as the Nats. He had a lifelong love of gardening, and was an avid reader of World War II history.

He is survived by Susan, his wife of 48 years; daughters Jenny and Laura; sons Jim, Sean and Rory from a previous marriage; brother Don, and 11 grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his daughter Kerry.

There will be a private burial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association https://www.abta.org in memory of his late daughter Kerry Dallas Walton.


11 Responses to James H. “Bill” Walton

  1. Matthew Welham says:

    Rest in peace Bill.

  2. Martha McClure McCabe says:

    Brilliant mind. Kind heart behind a gruff exterior. Loved him A true mentor!

  3. Alexander Speer says:

    Rest in peace. You were one of a kind!

  4. Victoria Walton says:

    Rest now, Bill. You were loved by many.

  5. Sherry Dailey says:

    How fortunate we were to have known him and are to remember his many contributions to our lives.

  6. John Rosenthal says:

    A mentor and friend. No one like him in my life. Taught me early on to refuse the humdrum. What a lesson.

  7. Don Biehn says:

    A true mystic to those of us at the University of Delaware. An astounding and specific way of observing and sensing people. Charisma allied with natural power-and a dead on center sense of humor. He inspired me more than any other and I was sad to see him leave university teaching, knowing it was inevitable. He loved us all. He’s OK now. The worst dresser I ever encountered. Will miss him so much. Bless Susan and the entire family. Don Biehn

  8. Saira Smith says:

    I can’t think of my childhood without thinking of this family. Bill was always a gracious, generous and caring man. His kindness will not be forgotten.
    My love to the family.

  9. Bob VanStry says:

    Bill saw promise in an ex-navy submariner and hired me. Over 20+ years he guided, challenged and taught be everything I know about people and business. God, what a man.

  10. Jeannie Turicik says:

    Bill was a man of honor, integrity, wit, charm, intelligence, compassion and caring, and an amazing teacher and leader. He touched so many people and positively inspired so many lives-including mine. I am so blessed to have had him in my life, to have worked for him and with him at ITC Learning, and been influenced and taught by him, to have laughed with him. Bill changed my life, he inspired confidence and courage to do what I never thought I could. I am forever grateful. In his continual quest to educate others and improve the world- this poem fits his passing well:
    “I may return
    If dissatisfied
    With what I learn
    From having died.”
    ― Robert Frost
    RIP Bill.

  11. Jeannie Hughes Turicik says:

    Bill was a man of honor, integrity, wit, charm, intelligence, compassion and caring, and an amazing teacher and leader. He touched so many people and positively inspired so many lives-including mine. I am so blessed to have had him in my life, to have worked for him and with him at ITC Learning, and been influenced and taught by him, to have laughed with him. Bill was a “game changer” in my life and I am forever grateful. In his continual quest to educate others and improve the world- this poem fits his passing well: “I may return If dissatisfied With what I learn From having died.” ― Robert Frost RIP Bill. My sympathy to his family on your great loss.

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