Grad Year: 1959
Year Inducted: 2002
Walter Crocker was a four-year starter in men’s soccer while at Rhode Island College. Crocker captained the Anchormen as a senior in 1958 and also played one season of men’s basketball. Crocker was a defensive specialist who was also an excellent playmaker.
During his years at RIC, he was a member of the Men’s Athletic Association from 1955-59, serving as its President during his senior year. He was a member of Kappa Delta Phi fraternity from 1956-59, serving as its President as a junior and senior.
After graduation, Crocker was a teacher in the East Providence School System from 1959-65. He was the Job Corps Principal in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1965-66 and then served as the Peace Corps Director in Belize, Central America in 1967-68. He began a 14-year career at RIC in 1971, starting as an assistant professor in the secondary education department and then serving as the Assistant Dean of the School of Education. He started the Continuing Education program at RIC in 1978 and served as Dean until 1984. Crocker served as the Dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus from 1984-2001.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from RIC in 1959, his master’s degree from URI in ’69 and his doctorate from Wayne State University in ’71.