Ronald W. Walker was an associate professor in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History. He received his BS and MA from Brigham Young University and his PhD from the University of Utah. Early in his career he taught in LDS seminaries and institutes. Later, he served as a senior historical associate with the LDS Church Historical Department. His publications include several book reviews and scholarly articles. For several years he was at work on a major biographical study of Heber J. Grant.