James (Jim) Cronin

Bobbie Walden

Hall of Fame Class of 1996

Bobbie Walden received the first Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Award as "Outstanding Adult Education Graduate Student in the United States" in 1974. That same year, she was selected as the "Outstanding Adult Educator in Alabama" and as one of ten "Outstanding Women in Adult Education" in the U.S. in 1975.

She was appointed by President Carter to the National Advisory Council on Adult Education for which she served as Vice Chairman. She organized the Alabama Adult Education Association and served as Interim President and its first elected President. She also organized the Alabama Community Education Association. She served as Chairman of the National Right to Read Committee in 1974-1975 and was elected to three terms on the National Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education Board of Directors, serving as President of the organization for 1977-1978.

The model program that she developed in Huntsville, Alabama introduced the first mobile learning lab to the state and was the first in the state to use volunteers. The program received numerous commendations including being selected as one of the ten outstanding programs in the U.S. by the National Adult Education Association.