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Solomon Walker was a beloved citizen of uncommon character

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What happens when a person of great character, talent and respect works for years for two of a city’s great institutions?

He becomes one himself.

That was Solomon William Walker II, who worked his way up to CEO of the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Co. – an institution started in part by his grandfather, Solomon W. Walker, in 1898. Before it was sold in 1989, after Walker had led it for a decade, Pilgrim had been one of the nation’s largest black-owned insurance companies.

He later worked at the Medical College of Georgia in human resources and as affirmative action director.

The thing that keeps coming up about him, though, and what he may be most remembered for, is how he treated people – as a colleague, a friend, a stranger and an agent and advocate for his customers.

He was all of 6 foot 9 inches, but never looked down on the rest of us.

“He was a wonderful man whose warmth and honesty we all should emulate,” an anonymous commenter wrote on The Augusta Chronicle’s website.

“He was a man that didn’t meet a stranger,” his wife, Pat Walker, said.

If you’ve never met a stranger, that means you have a lot of friends. And Solomon Walker certainly did. He was loved and respected in this town, which he continued to serve through volunteer and civic work, including the Paine College Board of Trustees.

Mr. Walker passed away last Saturday at 76, and was bid farewell in services Friday by a grateful community. Of friends.

That’s what you do for an institution.

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seenitB4 07/27/13 - 06:34 am
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Wonderful story

6ft 9 & full of greatness..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/27/13 - 06:39 am
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An interesting man and an

An interesting man and an interesting company.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/27/13 - 11:55 am
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Met him personally!

He was a 6ft 9 teddy bear! Great guy!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/27/13 - 12:19 pm
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"King" Sol

So glad my path crossed his. He was never too busy to reach out to others. He was a tall man in statue and good deeds.

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