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Longtime Vineland resident, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Walter was 80 years old. Walter was born in Latvia to a German family. At an early age, his family relocated to Germany. Following World War II, his family emigrated to the United States and settled in Vineland.
Walter was an avid musician, having initially studied and performed on the string base. He toured with Mantovani in the 1960's. Subsequently, he studied cello at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and continued to perform and play cello for the remainder of his life.
In the 1960's, Walter joined the Music Department at the State University of New York at Oswego. He retired as a full professor in the early 2000's. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, during that time, he performed extensively in the United States and Canada as a soloist and chamber musician. He worked with Benar Heifetz, Bernard Greenhouse, and William Stokking. He was a member of the Vahana Duo, the Sheldon String Trio, and the Eckankar Orchestra. As a member of the Vahana Duo, he performed with Harvey Jacobson, pianist, at Carnegie Hall. In addition to his intensive performance activity, he wrote numerous works for solo cello and chamber music, as well as conducted the Oswego College-Community Orchestra for a number of years.
Walter was a devoted member of Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, and a member of the Eckankar clergy for over 40 years. Just as he touched the lives of his music students, Walter touched the lives of students of Eckankar by teaching classes and serving as a featured speaker and performer for numerous Eckankar events and seminars throughout the United States and Canada.
Walter is predeceased by his parents Armin and Helga, and his brother, Berndt.
Walter is survived by his devoted and loving wife Edith, his sisters-in-law C. Jean Aberle and Sandra Corradina, his brothers, Peter, Folkers and Hans, his sister, Lucy Rogan, and nieces and nephews. His is also survived by the community of Eckankar, which he so lovingly served.
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Published on Philly.com on Nov. 9, 2017
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