Born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Rockville Centre, NY. Attended Vermont Academy and Columbia College '56. Walter served in the US Marine Corps and received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in the Korean War. Survived by his wife Jane; his children Robert (Anniken), Sean (Sheri), Kelly (Don) Merker; his stepchildren Chris (Maureen) Lane, Jennifer (Matt) Lane-Byrne; 10 grandchildren; brother Robert (Cathy), and sister Jane (Ron) Stoughton. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery.