CEHS mourns the loss of long-time professor

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dr. Richard ‘Dick’ Walls on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Walls was a long-time professor of educational psychology at CEHS, having served here for 47 years.  

“Many members of the CEHS family have such fond memories and stories of Dr. Dick Walls,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “He was truly a legend at our College and his loss is deeply felt by all.” 

Walls was a two-time graduate of West Virginia University with his BS in mathematics and biology education in 1961, and his MA in guidance and counseling in 1963. He received his PhD in educational psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. 

After graduating from his doctoral program, Walls returned to WVU as a professor of educational psychology, where he remained for the rest of his career. He was a nationally recognized scholar in educational psychology and disability studies, having published countless articles in notable academic journals and books.  

Walls mentored numerous CEHS students during his tenure as a researcher and educator and received the Outstanding Teacher Award from WVU in 1971, 1972 and 1988. He was also recognized with the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in 1998 and was selected as a recipient of the College’s Jasper N. Deahl Award in May 2017.   

In addition to his many professional achievements, Walls was a passionate musician and member of The Pass-Fail Band, featuring a line-up of CEHS faculty members.  

He will be greatly missed by all current and former CEHS faculty, staff and students.