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100-year-old Claude Walton named Lombard's Senior of the Year

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 9:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 9:40 a.m. CDT
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Darwin Walton accepts the Senior of the Year award for her husband, Walton, from village President Keith Giagnorio on Oct. 2 at the Lombard Senior Fair. (Sarah Minor -
Claude A. Walton

LOMBARD – Claude A. Walton, a 58-year Lombard resident was named the village’s Senior of the Year at Wednesday’s annual Senior Fair. Walton’s wife, Darwin, accepted the award from Village President Keith Giagnorio because he was unable to attend the event.

Walton, 100, was born in Marshall, Texas. He was one of the first African American students to attend the University of Colorado and the first University of Colorado athlete to earn All-American honors, according to his nominating materials.

He served with the American Red Cross during World War II and later served for 50 years with the Chicago Park District in the positions of summer worker, physical education instructor, playground supervisor and associate superintendent.

Locally, he served as a member of the former York Center Co-op/Community and on the York Center Park Commission. He still is involved in various activities for seniors at York Township.

He lives in Lombard with his wife, Darwin Walton, a noted children’s author. The couple have two children, Claudette and John.

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