Walter R. Courtenay, Jr. was born in Neenah, WI on November 6th, 1933. He was the son of Walter and Emily Simpson Courtenay, since deceased. The family moved to Nashville, TN 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, WI; stepmother, Ann S. Courtenay of Advance, NC; son, Walter R. Courtenay III of Cary, NC; daughter, Catherine C. Kantner, her husband Barry, and granddaughter, Caitlin.
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Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 12, 2014