Walter Jeffries Matherly Jr. died at home in Urbana, Illinois on September 29.
He was born in 1930 in Gainesville, Florida to Walter Jeffries Matherly and Enid Putnam Matherly. He had one sister, Eleanor Corbin (Wayne Corbin, of Jacksonville, FL; later married Kitty Corbin).
Walter graduated from Gainesville High School, the University of Florida, and Duke University. He served in the Korean War.
He married Mary Lou Kelly in 1954 and they have four sons: Jeff (Valerie Browne), Steven (Vicki Feigin), Robert (LiYung Kuan), and Michael (Tanya Beeren). The family lived overseas in South Africa, Panama, and Puerto Rico while Walter worked with the Borden Foods Company. When they returned to the United States, Walter worked at the Research Triangle Institute in Durham, NC, in the planning department at the University of Florida, and for the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC.
Later in Boston he worked for Boston University and Harvard University, and most recently for the Woods Hole Research Center. He married Copenhaver Cumpston in 1983; they have a daughter, Sarah.
The family moved to Urbana, Illinois in 1996. There, after his career as a finance administrator, Walter retired to his true avocations of writing, translation, storytelling, acting, calligraphy, history, and community rabble rousing.
His friends regard Walter as a true original, a renaissance man with many enthusiasms. He had in recent years been an active booster of the Purple
Hurricanes alumni in Gainesville.
He leaves his five children, wife Cope, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
For complete information and place to share memories, see http://dubbymatherly.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2013