Walter Hearst Allison Jr.

Walter Hearst Allison, Junior ("Walt"), 83 of Mount Airy, Maryland passed away December 10, 2012 in Hospice at the Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD.

Walter was a resident of Mount Airy since 2002. Before moving to Mount Airy, Walter lived in Deltona, Florida and Laurel, Maryland.

BorninSt.James, Missouri, on July 29, 1929, Walter was the son of the late Walter H. and Carmen (Wendt) Allison.

He spent his youth in St. James, graduating from St. James High School. He was proud of being on the high school basketball team that played in the 1947-1948 State Basketball Championship finals.

Walter served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and afterward, graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Mines and Metallurgy, Rolla with a degree in electrical engineer- ing. Walter began his career working for the Air Force and eventually followed his fascination of space exploration to NASA, where he enjoyed a long and distinguished career at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

One of Walter's greatest joys was camping with his family and close friends. He was a Mason and enjoyed a lifetime of playing sports: basketball, tennis, running and walking on the beach for hours in his golden years. While retired in Florida, he was a member of a radio club and the Citizens on Patrol (COP). He also enjoyed sharing his love of math by tutoring students from the University of Maryland, Deltona High School and neighborhood friends. Walter touched everyone he met with his cheerful personality, great sense of humor, insatiable curiosity and his love of learn- ing. He will be greatly missed.

Walter is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Barbara Ann (Carroll) Allison, their two children: Bryan Allison and his wife, Julia, of Catonsville, Maryland; and Ruth Waxter, her husband, Scott, and three grandchildren: Grant, Quinn and Bryce, all of Mt. Airy, Maryland. He is survived by his sister, Alice Ann Etchison, of Dayton, Ohio and many dear friends.

The family will be holding a memorial service in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Avenue, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Maryland 21702 and the Frederick Memorial Hospital, 400 West Seventh Street, Frederick, MD 21701.


Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Dec. 19, 2012