Walter came to us from Regis (N.Y.) High School, where he was active in the dramatic and debating societies. At Princeton he was active in Orange Key, the Pre-Law Society, and played IAA sports. Following graduation he went to Yale, earning a master’s degree in economics in 1965 and a law degree in 1966. He earned an M.Div. from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1992.
He married Patricia Donahue and moved to Maine, joining the governor’s staff in 1967. Over the years he served five Maine governors. He later established a law practice and by our 25th reunion was transitioning into real-estate development. Walter and Patricia had three daughters, Heather, Mimi ’89, and Sarah ’92, but later divorced. In 2004 he married Julie Houde.
His charitable interests over the years centered on helping others, including prisoners, preschool children, and the handicapped. Those who knew him best described him as creative, kind, and poetic. For him all things were possible if you expanded your thinking.
Walter is survived by Julie; daughters Heather, Mimi, and Sarah; and seven grandchildren, including Annie ’15. The class extends its sympathy to all the family.