Loretta Antoinette Walker, DVM was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Anthony and Loretta Walker
and an older sister, Charlotte. Her maternal grandparents were Gladys & Lloyd Lampkin and her paternal
grandparents were Anthony Walker, Sr., and Teresa Black Walker.
From a young age, Antoinette loved animals and always wanted to be a veterinarian. She made sure that
all of her schooling was centered around that profession.
She attended Villa Teresa Elementary and Corpus Christi Middle schools, and attended Star Spencer High
School with a strong focus on science. She graduated with her pre-med degree at Rose State College and
then advanced to Oklahoma State University as a student in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon
completing an 8 year program, in 1991 Loretta Antoinette graduated from Oklahoma State University
(OSU). Historically, the University has noted that she was the third African American to graduate in the
OSU School of Veterinary Medicine. During this time she became, and was recognized as, a volunteer
recruiter for OSU School of Veterinary Medicine for persons of color.
In connection with The National Institute of Health, Antoinette served in the Naval Corp for one year in
Upon graduation from OSU in 1991, Antoinette was invited to return to the DC Area to be a Veterinarian
in the National Institutes of Health Veterinary Division. While in the process of waiting for paperwork to
be completed, Antoinette served in an externship at the Wheaton Animal Hospital. On October 5, 1991,
she became critically ill suffering an emboli to the brain (stroke), falling and hitting her head suffering a
hematoma to the brain. This incident caused a traumatic brain injury. This injury brought her back to
infancy where she had to relearn to walk and talk and re-trained in her field at Virginia Tech School of Vet
Med. It took 10 years for her full recovery and the ability to gain her independence and work in her
beloved field of veterinary medicine.
In 2001, Antoinette began working for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center of Veterinary
Medicine in the Office of Surveillance and Compliance, as a Medical Officer for animal medical labeling.
While here, she was involved for a number of years on the FDA’s Advisory Committee for Employees with
Disabilities (ACED) group, providing insight into the challenges that people with disabilities face on a
regular basis. Posthumously she has received a citation from the FDA for her work with this team.
Outside of her worklife, Antoinette lived life to the fullest! She was involved in three congregations,
Grace Lutheran Church (Wash D.C.), People’s Baptist Church (Wash D.C.) and St. John Baptist Church
(Columbia, MD) as an usher, as a member of the Prayer Stitch Ministry, was active in Bible study, and
participated with the singles ministry. She was a volunteer in the Columbia community for community
events and even experienced the joy to snow skiing (once again), with assistance and use of a special
apparatus in early 2019. And she loved to travel when possible.
In late April 2021, upon noted cognitive changes, it was determined that Antoinette was suffering from a
diagnosis of Glioma (tumor) of the brain and it was determined as terminal. Her family immediately
circled around her and brought her home in order to provide a safe, comfortable and peaceful
environment for her. She was lovingly cared for at home, around-the-clock, by her Mother, and a live-in
care attendant, Moji.
On August 11th, following 3 weeks of miraculous awakening and a joyful visit with her sister Charlotte
and Aunt Connie, Antoinette passed peacefully with her Mother at her side. We know that she is with
her earthly father, Anthony Wayne Walker, Jr (“Daddy-O”) and her spiritual father, our Lord and Savior,
Antoinette is survived by her beloved Mother, Otha Loretta Walker of Columbia, her sister, Charlotte
Walker Peralta of Atlanta Ga, her Aunt Constance (Louis) Johnson, cousin Omar (Maribelle) Bostic and a
host of close cousins, family and friends from around the country.
Antoinette’s life story is a testament of great faith, hope, love and miracles in the face of many
challenges. She loved and enjoyed her life, loved and valued her family and friends and truly lived in her
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