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McMaster alumna's boyfriend proposes on TV

By Thana Dharmarajah
Published: June 7, 2012

McMaster University alumna Dr. Nancy Walker recently received a surprising but pleasant shock during an interview on a TV show.

Her boyfriend, Dr. Scott Smith, was the host who was interviewing her regarding gum disease, when he interrupted the interview to get on his knee to propose to her.

"Even when he presented the ring in front of me, I was stunned," said the 45-year-old rheumatologist, who practices in Reading, Pa.

A video clip of the May 18 proposal was uploaded on YouTube by producers of The Wellness Hour, a health television talk show in the United States and views have been climbing.

Walker, a 1992 graduate of McMaster's physiotherapy program returned in 1995 to pursue a medical degree. She graduated from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 1998 and she has been practising as a rheumatologist in the U.S. for 10 years.

Walker met her boyfriend, a periodontist, online in 2010. Smith invited her onto The Wellness Hour, following his interview with its host Randy Alvarez, to talk to her for a video clip to be used on the website for his dental practice. She was to discuss an autoimmune dry mouth condition.

Walker said the show producers were in on the surprise proposal and were quite excited. She didn't have a clue and thought Smith's nervousness had to do with being interviewed on the show.

A wedding date has yet to be set, but the couple are planning a family honeymoon in Hawaii, which will include their six children from earlier relationships.

Walker has also recently given McMaster a $5,000 gift to establish a bursary in honour of her 36-year-old sister, Stefanie Ann Fiorini-Kinley, who passed away unexpectedly in April 2010. Her sister graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster in 1995.

An annual award of $1,000 will be given to a student recognized for community service.

"McMaster is a university that cares deeply for its students and its community which exemplifies my sister's philosophy," Walker said.

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