Friday, July 26, 2013
* Advisor Erin Walker dies in car crash
Erin Walker, an academic advisor in the International Education Program at Shoreline Community College, was killed in an automobile accident, Thursday, July 25, in the area near Couer d'Alene, Idaho.
"We join Erin's family and many friends in expressing our shock and grief over this tragic accident," Shoreline President Daryl Campbell said Friday. "Erin was a wonderful person, terrific at her job and an integral part of this campus. The suddeness of her loss is difficult to comprehend."
According to an Idaho State Police official, Walker was driving southbound in the Couer d'Alene area at about 8 p.m. when a northbound vehicle crossed the centerline and hit her car in the driver's side. Walker was alone in the car with her dog. Idaho police said several other cars were involved, an investigation is underway and that a full report would not likely be available for at least a week.
A Mountlake Terrace resident, Walker had worked as a faculty advisor serving international students at Shoreline since 2002. In March, she was awarded tenure by the college Board of Trustees.
Walker was also an accomplished musician, earning a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. Since 2000, she led the Women's Chorale at the Music Center in Seattle, as well as teaching voice classes and individual students. Walker also served as the choir director of both summer retreats and international tours of China and Cuba from the Music Center.
"We are just devastated at her loss," said Diana Sampson, Executive Director of International Education. "Erin was part our family, loved by co-workers and students."
The college is making counselors available to students and staff on Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30, in the International Education offices as well as the Advising and Counseling Center. Students and staff seeking crisis support over the weekend are urged to contact the King County 24-hour Crisis Line at 206-461-3222.