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Reveling in a Timeless Love

Laguna Beach couple Robert Lewis Walker, 91, and Helen Jane Zick, 94, expect to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Thursday, June 30.

Walker and Zick met in Grand Lake, Colo., in 1938, the summer before Walker started at Colorado College as a freshman where Zick was a senior in Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Walker, a Phi Gamma Delta pledge, asked Zick to a fraternity dance, but the football quarterback date didn’t leave much of an impression on her.

Later that year at another dance and determined to make an impression, Walker pulled up in a sports car lent to him by the fraternity president since he lacked one of his own. This time, Walker got Zick’s attention. He left school when she graduated as valedictorian. That summer they married in Laguna Beach and Walker went to work for Douglas Aircraft. They had five children.

In 1944, Walker was drafted by the Air Force. When he was released from duty, he worked for Magic Seal Packaging, a paper maker in Columbus, Ohio. Several years later he bought the company.

Zick is the oldest living relation to Jackson Pollock, the modern artist. They were cousins. Today three of five Walker children are artists. They also have nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one more on the way. They will spend their anniversary in Colorado Springs where Walker gave his fraternity pin to Zick.

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