Walter Henry Thomas Raymond died on November 17, 2012 at Frederick Memorial Hospital after suffering congestive heart failure. He was 67.|
The second of three children, he was born on April 21, 1945, in Summit, NJ, and grew up in Denville, NJ. He was the son of the late Walter H. T. Raymond and Mary Wasylyshyn Raymond, who survives him.
An alumnus of Morris Hills Regional High School, Mr. Raymond graduated From Penn State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. While at Penn State he was an active member of Sigma Pi fraternity and played for the University's Rugby Club.
After graduation, he took a job in New York City where he lived in an apartment in the East Village.
In 1972, as an innocent bystander, he was critically injured during an armed robbery. As a result of his injuries, he was left a quadriplegic. After a long rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation in New York, he returned to live with his parents in Harper's Ferry, WV.
While acclimating to life in the country, Mr. Raymond realized that he had to refocus his life. He decided to enroll in Shepherd College, earning a degree in Computer Science. With that degree and an indomitable will to succeed, he rebuilt his life.
For the next 30 years, he was able to work for a succession of companies helping to manage satellite operations. In 2011, he retired from Computer Science Corporation located at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, MD.
Walter's inquisitiveness and interest in nature and in American history fueled his curiosity about our past as well as our natural environment. During his life, he enjoyed nature photography and catch-and-release fishing. He was also very interested in model airplanes and was an active remote-controlled-airplane enthusiast.
Mr. Raymond is survived by his mother, Mary Raymond of Frederick, MD; a brother David Raymond of Cockeysville, MD; a sister, Marusia Raymond Zearfoss of Middletown, MD; as well as by many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Because Walter grew up in New Jersey and had a great love of New York City, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at staufferfuneral home.com .
Published in The Frederick News-Post on Nov. 23, 2012