Golden Gate Wing Guest Speaker Archive

Presentation Date: October 22, 2015

R. Randolph "Randy" Walker, Air National Guard and United States Air Force

Randy Walker was born in Oakland in October 1932. His father was a Sutro stockbroker who handled civil aviation investments; his mother was a housewife. They also had a daughter who was four years older.

Randy graduated from Reno High School in Nevada in 1950 and enlisted in the Air National Guard at age 18. After summer courses at College of Marin, he entered the University of California at Berkeley. After one semester at UCB, Randy was called to Air Force active duty when his radar unit was activated in 1951 during the Korean conflict. Most of his service was at Geiger Field near Spokane, Washington where he received familiarization flights in various Navy aircraft of the World War 2 era. Randy performed various administrative duties including out-processing 156 service members for separation. Released from active duty in July 1953, he returned to his active reserve unit in Hayward and was discharged as an Airman First Class in January 1954.

Randy returned to UC Berkeley on the GI Bill and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1956. His business career included:
- 32 years at Wells Fargo Bank as commercial loan officer, commercial loan supervisor, manager of the Pleasanton and Danville branches, and retired in 1988 as vice president and manager of its Walnut Creek offices.
− 7 years with Union Bank; retired in 1995 as vice president and manager of its San Ramon and Danville offices.
− retired from Mechanics Bank, Walnut Creek in business development in 1997 to become contract business development for Corporate Banking.
− served on Board of Directors and Audit Committee for the California Savings & Loan Company, San Francisco from 1996 until its sale in 2004.
− from 1996-2012 he worked as a primarily background actor in film, tv, industrials and commercials - SAG member.

Randy and Mardy married in 1967; they reside in Lincoln, California. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.