Peter Franklin Walker II died peacefully at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 16, 2013, at the age of 82. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the eldest child of Franklin Trenaby Walker of Rocky Mount, Virginia, and Anna Cody Lansdell Walker of Hephzibah, Georgia, he joins in death's repose his wife, Judith Ivey Adams Walker and their infant daughter Ivey. His second marriage to Daryl Farrington ended in divorce in 2002.
As an Eagle Scout, when he received the rank, Peter was the youngest boy to achieve it in the Kansas City Area Council, B.S.A. Commissioned at age nineteen as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, he was at that time the youngest serving officer in the Korean War. In 1958, he received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University and joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, where he was Professor of History for 35 years. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Professor of American History in 1977, at Moscow State University.
He returned in 1991, by special invitation of the Russians, thereby becoming the only American twice to hold this position. He was also a renovator of old houses and of antique furniture, an enthusiastic builder of battered rock walls, a passionate raker of clams, a winner of numerous teaching awards at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, and a writer of notable books on American history.
Peter is survived by his children: Franklin Trenaby Walker II (Melanie) of Raleigh, NC, Jesse Bright Walker (Sam Bland) of Emerald Isle, NC, and Stephen Farrington Walker (Martha) of Longmont, CO. Also by four grandchildren: Peter Franklin Walker III, Paul Adams Walker, Levi Farrington Walker and Luci Jayne Walker. In addition, he is survived by his siblings Bright Kilpatrick Walker of Havre de Grace, Maryland, and Anne Lansdell Walker Hall of Reno, Nevada.
His brother, Rinaldo Addison Lansdell Walker, preceded him in death in 2012. His family will remember him with admiration and great affection.
His family is sincerely grateful for the loving care shown to him in his final years by his caretaker, Allen Headen, as well as the staff members at Mayview, Abbotswood, Brighton Gardens and Rex Hospital. At his request, there will be no public memorial service.