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August 17, 2013
My Dad was a humble man despite his brilliant mind and many talents in music, technical writing, poetry, inventions, and scientific research. He was a compassionate man, both to people and animals. We raised an assortment of animals as pets and he taught us to care for them and never mistreat them. He has an unrealized dream of discovering how God in nature uses light energy so efficiently on plant photosynthesis, and adapt that for our own energy production needs. He even had a novel idea how to use hydrogen fuel safely for transportation. I will miss his humor and spirituality. He had a deep reverence for God and he searched for the meaning of life through Jesus Christ's and the apostles Words and example, just as he revered the awesomeness of God's creation in nature. He never forgot that he had "feet of clay". If anything, he any have underestimated the value of his God-given intellectual gifts.
August 04, 2013
Walt was respected for the quality of his work and will be remembered for his kindnesses to those he cared for and loved. I will remember him for introducing me to literature and poetry. His favorites were Thomas Wolfe, Thomas Mann, and Thomas Stearns Eliot. Walt loved music, especially Big Band Swing jazz. He learned to play the cornet at Culver Military Academy. At Harvard he played in and managed its Gold Coast Orchestra and Harvard Rhythm Ramblers Swing Band during the early Second World War years, generating high spirits among peers facing the greatest of wars.
Walt was an only child, so I am glad he found companionship in music and literature. He loved nature too. As a boy he spent summers in Vermont with his grandmother where he canoed the Battenkill, in whose chill waters speckled brown trout thrive. I recall the crisp country air at the base of Mt. Equinox in the Green Mountains where his grandmother's cottage was built by forefathers before the Revolution. As a boy in Spuyten Duyvil, his father took Walt to the Bronx Zoo where he rode alapagos tortoises, assisted by cousin Raymond Ditmars, curator.
Walt and his father enjoyed walking New York City, visiting China Town, Little Italy, flying kites in Central Park, and touring the Natural History and Metropolitan Art museums. Walt's career led him from MIT to Battelle to Chemical Abstracts. He loved surface chemistry, quantum mechanics, and statistical thermodynamics. To accomplish his work, he learned several languages compose abstracts of new research findings that enable scientists worldwide to share new knowledge that ultimately is used to improve our lives and quality of our world. I thank him for his dedication to that great enterprise.
July 25, 2013
We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Ditmars family. May God be with you in this difficult time of your life and may all the nice memories be of comfort to you.
While working at Chemical Abstract Service, Walter was for many years our valuable colleague and has been a wonderful family friend.
There are many accolades to characterize Walter, but, above all, he was a scientist of great intellect, interested in art, music, poetry, history, an avid reader of stimulating and philosophical books on modern science, novel ideas and what our future understanding of the world may be. Walter was a very humble person, a great gentleman, marked with generosity, with deep faith and belief in the goodness of humankind and a staunch supporter of peace and understanding among people in the world.
Walter always spoke warmly and lovably of his family and was very proud of his grandchildren. We have been grateful to him for his interest in the extracurricular activities of our two sons, especially Andy, who gained much knowledge from Dr. Ditmars' collection of art slides.
May our dear colleague and friend Walter rest in peace and as a guardian angel intercede for good health and the well-being of all his family members he left behind.
Love, Mara, Janez and all the Zupans

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