Walter H. Waechter '52
Submitted by Jessica A. Bonzek on Friday, 11/1/2013, at 1:01 PM
Deceased December 8, 2012
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Walt Waechter passed away on Dec. 8, 2012, after a brief illness. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the William Penn Charter School before joining us at Amherst in the fall of 1948. Following graduation, he served on the USS Albany until 1955.
At Amherst, Walt was a history major and a member of Theta Delta Chi. Known to his close friends as the “senator,” he was a commanding, cheerful presence, never elected, ordained or even installed in any official way; he became the senator simply by example. With large and lively eyes holding our attention and broad smile bringing light and warmth, he moved readily and easily from one setting to another, always in his own thoughtful way. And those who knew the senator well appreciated that stringent conviction he brought to this way of looking at the world, with his humanistic perspective, far from the madding crowd.
Delightfully composed and confident, he brought these same qualities into the business world. A large part of his business career was spent overseas, largely in Asia and England, where he was president of Duracell International Batteries. In his travels, he always arranged his schedule to see the culture of the country.
In later years, he lived in Florida, where Bob Jones '52 often met him and became a close friend. He was gregarious, outgoing, positive, very generous and always the optimist. Although a bit unorganized, he always seemed to get the job done.
He was a devoted family man, with three grown sons. Years after his wife, Lorraine, passed on, he met a delightful English lady, Susan Columbaria, at Cambridge, with whom he shared many trips.
Walt is survived by his three sons, four grandchildren and many other relatives. We will miss him.
Bob Jones '52
Dodge Fernald '52
I will miss you dearly. Thank you for all the wonderful years we had together. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and gratitude that you selflessly put forth. I love you very much.
Dad, we miss you dearly! I am forever grateful for your guidance, kindness and friendship over our many years together. Your presence will live forever in our hearts,thoughts and actions....may you rest in peace- Chris, Lori, Beckett & Whitman
Dear Walter family, I went to my photo albuns to recover some moments that I shared with Walter. I am now sharing them with you with my sincere condolences and as a way to show the respect I had by this man with who I appreciate sharing 16 years of my professional life.
Wilson S. Amabile - Brazil
Walter hired me as his financial manager at Duracell when he was just establishing the International Development Markets team in 1980 and I worked for him on that team for four years. Walt was a wonderful boss and tremendous human being who enjoyed a good joke and a sincere chat. After I left Duracell, I lost touch with him over the years but fortunately I made an effort to track him down about 5 years ago and called him just to say hello and chat a little. It was wonderful to hear his comforting deep voice and hearty laugh again. That's how I best remember Walter. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
We will miss Walter very much - his positive attitude, generosity, and kindness served as an example to us all.
I knew Walter and Lorraine. They purchasd their first home in Naples from me , my personal residence. They became my neighbors on Gprdon Drive and very dear friends. I moved from Naples two years ago and misplaced Walters phone number. I was determined to contact him next month when I visited Naples. We had many wonderful conversations over the years. I will miss him very much. He was so special. Karen Cosentino
My sincere condolences to the entire Waechter family. I didn't know Walter well, but the time we did spend together was very enjoyable. He will be missed.
Walter was the best brother anyone could have.
I met Walter at the gym. I always loved working out at the same time as he did because he made it so enjoyable! I loved hearing his stories of his travels, views on life, and especially his advice. We loved to go to all of the great restaurants in Naples! I was even lucky enough to have him at my wedding last month! I will miss him so much! He was one of a kind!!
I just got a photo in my files from Walter's visit to Brazil back in 1991.
I was really sad by the passing of Walter. I worked for him, for many years,in Brazil I learned a lot with him. Very kind friend, we spent two days together fisshing at Paraguai River, in Pantanal, Brazil. Good old times and good old friend. May God care of his soul.
Wilso S. Amabile - Brazil
Walter we will remember the beautiful voice, the intellect, and the narratives on your world travels. Your presence at Fitness Together filled the studio with warmth and you always had a kind word or thought for all who were lucky enough to be in your view. We will miss you dearly, our friend, and we feel blessed that you have been in your lives. You will always stay close in our hearts.
Our sympathies to the loss of your dad.
Annette and Paula
A visionary for international business. A gentle soul, great sense of humor, a leader who gave people an opportunity to grow. I have wonderful memories of global trips with Walter. The best boss I ever had and many will echo the same sentiment.
To the Waechter family Walter was a great boss, teacher and mentor. He was a great inspiration to all of us at Duracell.
Dad, We will miss you very much. Love Team Waechter
To Walter's Family- I am one of Walter's many gym buddies in Naples. He spoke about you all lovingly and frequently. He will be missed so much as he always made us all smile the minute he walked in. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Annette Mullaney