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Visitation and funeral services have been announced for Dr. Robert E. Walden, MCO professor emeritus of psychiatry, who died Oct. 12 at age 92.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home, 572 Nebraska Ave., Toledo.

The funeral will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at Mayfair-Plymouth Congregational Church, 5253 Bennett Road, Toledo.

Walden was hired in 1968 as an associate professor of psychiatry and an associate professor of community medicine at the former Medical College of Ohio. He helped develop classes for the first students who started in 1969.

An advocate for humane care for those with mental illness, Walden served as director of psychiatric inpatient services and played a part in developing MCO’s first clinical psychiatric unit.

In 1970, he was asked to plan a center that would provide a wide range of health services when the Model Cities program contracted with MCO. One year later, the Cordelia Martin Health Center opened, and Walden was its director.

The Toledo resident served on the MCO Affirmative Action and Admissions committees. In addition, he was an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at The University of Toledo and was a past president of the Ohio Psychiatric Association.

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