Walter R. Courtenay Jr

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Walter R. Courtenay, Jr. was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, on November 6th, 1933. He was the son of Walter and Emily Simpson Courtenay, since deceased. The family moved to Nashville, Tennessee in February, 1944, where his father was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. He completed his B.A. degree at Vanderbilt University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Miami.

He served as a faculty member at Duke University, Boston University, and eventually Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton, for a total of over 36 years. he retired from FAU in December 1999 and relocated to Gainesville where he had many professional colleagues, several of which he has collaborated with on various research projects and publications.

Walter was predeceased by his beloved wife, Patricia, who passed away in early 2007. He is survived by his brother, William J. Courtenay, of Madison, Wisconsin; stepmother Ann S. Courtenay of Advance, North Carolina; son, Walter R. Courtenay, III of Cary, North Carolina; daughter Catherine C. Kantner, her husband Barry and granddaughter Caitlin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street, with Dr. Dan Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606. Please visit his memorial page at




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Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2014
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