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Charles Wriggins Walker, a retired vice president of the Bank of New York-Western Region and one of the first chartered financial analysts in the country, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in Brighton Gardens by Marriott, Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 86.

He was a longtime member of the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church and a trustee of Park School.

Born in Buffalo, Walker was a 1931 graduate of Park School and a 1935 cum laude graduate of Hobart College. He earned a master's degree from the Harvard Business School in 1937.

Before serving as an officer in the Navy during World War II, he was office manager for Wm. Hengerer Co.

He joined John W. Walker & Co., a Buffalo investment counseling firm, in 1946, becoming a partner in 1951. His father, the late John K., was senior partner.

Walker was made an assistant vice president in the investment management department of Marine Trust Co. in 1961, when his father retired and John W. Walker & Co. went out of business.

Two years later, Walker was named one of the nation's first chartered financial analysts. The designation was created to recognize professionals able to meet high standards established by the Financial Analysts Federation.

Walker joined the Niagara Frontier Bank as senior investment analyst in 1971 and was elected a vice president in 1976 after the merger of Niagara Frontier Bank with the Bank of Buffalo, becoming the Bank of New York-Western Region.

He and his first wife, the late Barbara Curtis Walker, lived for many years on St. Andrews Walk in Buffalo and had a summer home in West Falls. He moved to Scottsdale after his retirement in 1977.

He was a member of the Bond Club of Buffalo, the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Rochester Society of Investment Analysts.

He also served on the Men's Advisory Board of Children's Hospital and the investment committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. He was an active member in recent years of the Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix.

His second wife, Constance T. Baum Walker, died about seven years ago.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Walker Schroeder of Mooresville, N.C., and Ann Walker Rice-Mungan of Terrace Park, Ohio; a stepson, Redfield T. Baum of Phoenix; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 in Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix.

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