Dixie Walker dedicated his life and career to intercultural understanding and he utilized his knowledge of East Asia in his work at home and abroad. He taught in numerous prestigious institutions as a professor of international studies before joining the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 1957. He founded the Institute of International Studies at USC in 1961.
Walker participated in several Far East advocacy groups and worked on several political campaigns, such as John West’s 1970 gubernatorial race and Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential run. His service as an ambassador was not without challenges, but Walker’s quiet style of diplomacy strengthened U.S-Korea relations.