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Cecil Walter Hewitt Jr. ’42

Published in Mar. 21, 2007, issue


Walter, who courageously recovered from a turbulent and troubled mid-career, died Sept. 21, 2006, in Lansdale, Pa.

A graduate of Garden City (N.Y.) High School, he majored in economics at Princeton and was a member of Elm Club. In World War II he served as a Navy pilot.

After a promising start of a career and family — marriage, two little girls, success with his building and insurance company followed by a law degree and partnership in Frankel & Hewitt — Walter's life fell apart. Two marriages dissolved, there were money and health problems, and his law career collapsed. "For a year or two," he wrote, "I applied my educational and professional background to the challenge of cab driving in Miami and hotel clerking in Manhattan."

In 1969, on the road to a better life, Walter went to work as an attorney in a civil-service job in New York City. More importantly he met Ilselore "Illou" Lowensberg-Taupin through Mind Mates, a computer-dating service. They married, moved to a life-care facility in Lansdale after Walter's retirement in 1982, and lived a "quiet but rich existence."

Walter leaves Illou; two daughters, Lynn and Christine; four grandchildren; and two grandsons born to Illou's son. To them, the class extends sincere condolences.

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