June Walker (Hadassah)

June Walker (Hadassah)

June Walker (June 19 1934 - July 29 2008) was the Chairperson of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and a member of AIPAC's Executive Committee. Until July 2007, she was the national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. She had academic degrees in chemistry, respiratory therapy and public health administration. She taught on the college level and was the director of In-Service Education for Pulmonary Medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. She was a member of the Citizens Committee for Bio-Medical Ethics, the American Red Cross and the American Lung Association.

She campaigned for Representative Barbara Boxer’s Violence Against Women Act, launched educational programs on healthcare, brought Curriculum Watch into reality, and developed national participation in two marches for women’s rights in Washington, D.C.

While Chair of the Hadassah College Jerusalem (formerly the Hadassah College of Technology), the institution grew from six hundred to its current twenty-five hundred students. Ms. Walker’s academic guidance helped the college change from offering two-year degrees to a wide range of bachelors’ and masters’ degrees. As of 2007, it is now a fully accredited academic institution, helping to meet Israel’s technology needs thorough various degree programs.

She and her husband, Barrett, have three children and six grandchildren and live in Rockaway, New Jersey, where they are members of Congregation Beth Hatikvah of Chatham. [http://conferenceofpresidents.org/content.asp?id=50]

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