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John Walden

John Walden

President/CEO | FTD Companies | Class of 1982

An Illini love story, Delta Delta Delta edition:

Looking back, FTD president and CEO John Walden ('82), the sorority's front lawn is where his world changed, even if he didn't realize it at the time.

“I met my future bride when several of my fraternity brothers and I, with over-exercised 19-year-old egos, arrived on motorcycles to chauffeur any interested ladies to our '50s-themed party," he says. "Exercising good early judgment, she jumped on the back of my roommate’s motorcycle.

"She was an accounting major and had dutifully completed her accounting homework due the following day; I had not.

“After the party, I dropped her at her dorm, ‘borrowed’ her homework and returned it to Tri-Delta the following morning. That was site of many more fun times and now, 32 years of marriage and five sons later, we still have many good friends who shared our college experiences.”