Walter Calvin Teague
12/28/25 - 10/15/13
Walter Calvin Teague, 87, of San Francisco, California, died at 3:26 PM, Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at a assisted living facility called Peninsula Del Rey in Daly City, California. Walter was born December 28, 1925 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Logan Teague and Laura Crowe Teague. Walter's father, mother, and two brothers, Jimmy and George, preceded him in death. He is survived by is his sister Alice Badia of Placentia, Ca. and her children, Diana, Fremio, and Logan.
Walter was educated at the Ecuador German School, was multi lingual and could speak fluent Spanish, German and English. He moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 to attend college at UCLA. In 1950, Walter moved to San Diego and began his carreer as a purser in the airline industry. He later took a job with Pan Am and moved to New York City in 1952 for 4 years. His work took him all over the world. In the late 1950s, Walter moved to his beloved San Francisco, where he spent the rest of his life.
Walter was an accomplished nature photographer and his joy was plants. Over the course of his life, Walter was responsible for the discovery of over 150 new species of orchids. He was fascinated with high elevation cloud orchids and was recognized as a top world expert. Because his work allowed him to travel internationally, Walter was able to explore the most remote regions of the earth and document his discoveries. He was active in many San Francisco horticultural societies and exhibitions. He was also an avid bicyclist and participated in many tours. He loved to read and enjoyed a wide variety of music. Though he was a regular patron of the San Francisco Symphony, he attended most of the legendary rock concerts in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s.
A celebration of life memorial will be held on Saturday, November 23rd between 11:00am-3:00pm in the San Francisco County Fair Building (the Hall of Flowers), in the Recreation Room. The building is located in Golden Gate Park at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way San Francisco, CA. There is a parking lot in the rear at 10th Avenue and Lincoln Way.
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In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to Project Open Hand or the Shanti Project.