GMC Service Award. This is given to GMC alumni or friends who have rendered special service to the school and their community through demonstrated involvement in campus and community organizations and activities. This is the highest recognition given for outstanding service and volunteerism.
Mr. Walden attended GMC Prep School graduating in 1959. Upon completing his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Senior ROTC at Georgia Tech, Mr. Walden was commissioned a 2nd Lt. at graduation and was assigned to Black Hills Army Depot where he worked in Post Engineers. During the two years there, he supervised the construction of a disposal facility for cyanogen chloride and mustard 500 and 1000-pound bombs. The bomb casings were saved and refilled with high explosives for use in Vietnam. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his work.
Upon completing two and half years in the Army and achieving the rank of 1st Lt., Mr. Walden joined Eli Lilly and Company, where he worked for 30 years. He served in a variety of positions and completed his career as International Systems Manager. After retiring from Lilly, he joined Executive Service Corps (ESC) as a volunteer business consultant where he worked with non-profits and small businesses. While there, he developed strategic planning and board development models that became key products in helping these groups. After completing the volunteer work with ESC, he established his own consulting practice, Planning Concepts, which specialized in helping non-profit organizations.
Since returning to Milledgeville in 2002, Russell has been involved in several community and volunteer activities. He currently serves on the board of the GMC Foundation, Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority, and the Old Capital Heritage Center, and previously served on the boards of the Milledgeville Christian Counseling Center and Georgia College and State University Foundation. He is also an officer in Sons of the American Revolution. He and his wife, Anne, are Meals on Wheels volunteers and active members of Milledgeville First United Methodist Church where he has served in several areas. Russ selflessly gives back to his community with competence and dedication and without need of recognition.
Mr. Walden credits his time at GMC to developing the work ethic, discipline and desire to achieve that formed the foundation for his success. He learned that to be a good leader, one also has to be a good listener and follower. These ideals of character and achievement have always been a part of the very core of who Russ is and are a true reflection of his time at GMC and the foundation he received at home. Russ’s father, Major Herschel Walden was a renowned member of the GMC faculty and the head of the mathematics department for 30 years. Russ and his wife established the Major Herschel Walden Endowed Scholarship Fund in his honor.
Mr. Walden and his wife, Anne reside in Milledgeville. They have two sons, David Walden and Chris Walden, and seven grandchildren.