Richard Leverett Waller
Richard "Dick" Leverett Waller, died peacefully in Anchorage, Alaska, where he had lived since 1977, on August 12, 2013, after a long illness. Born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1952, he grew up in Indianapolis, where his parents, George M. and Martha S. Waller were on the faculty of Butler University. He attended North Central High School and graduated cum laude from Butler in 1974. Active in student affairs, he joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity, participated in student government, and served as vice president of Blue Key honorary. While a law student at Indiana University, he worked on the law journal IUSTITIA as associate and subsequently senior editor. Prior to his graduation with honors in 1977, he coauthored an article on geothermal energy, "An Environmental Overview of Geothermal Resources," published in 13 LAND AND WATER REVIEW, 289-384 (1977).
Dick and his law school classmate Ann Resch of Casey, IL were married in 1977. They packed their books and set off at once for Anchorage. Admitted to the Alaska bar that year, he entered private practice, becoming an active member of the Alaska Bar Association. Dick and his wife shared many interests, including books and worldwide travel ranging from the Hebrides to New Zealand. In declining health, he retired in 2012 from the firm Brown Waller & Gibbs.
Dick is survived by his wife, Ann Resch of Anchorage; by his mother, Martha S. Waller and his sisters, Susan Cope and Marguerite Waller, all of Santa Monica, CA; his sister, Elizabeth of Los Angeles, and his brother, Donald Waller of Madison, Wisconsin.