was born on September 4, 1910 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and lived in
western Pa. most of his life. After High School, he joined the Air Corps
and spent a few years at Bowling Field, Wash. D.C. While there he attended
George Washington University. When he left the army, he worked for the Postal
Dept. in the Regional Office in Pittsburgh. Like so many, he served in the
Armed Forces during World War II. He was overseas for 40 months. He set
up the army's V (Victory) Mail Station in Iceland. He spent 20 months in
that climate and then was sent to London to oversee the V Mail Station in
London. He was there during the worst of the bombing of London and lost
his place of living several times. As soon as Paris was liberated, he was
sent there to start the V Mail Station. After the war, he went back to work
for the Postal Dept., working in the Pittsburgh Regional Office, and then
was transferred to the Regional Office in Philadelphia. He had many interesting
jobs with the Postal Dept. and when he retired, his title was Space Engineer.
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living in the Philadelphia area, he got interested in Lapidary. He took
an Adult Education class in making cabs and that was the start of a love
affair with stones He joined the Tuscarora Lapidary Society in Media, Pa.
and became one of the most active members. He was so active in club activities
doing all kinds of Lapidary work, that he was nicknamed Mr. Tuscarora. He
competed all over the Eastern Federation and always came home with a blue
ribbon. The case he showed the most was in general Lapidary, in which he
showed more than ten different types of work, such as sculpting, cabs,,
faceting, polished flats, doublets, triplets, commessi (intarsias), spheres,
composites, etc. His first love was faceting and he taught many to facet
in the T.L.S. Skill center and at the Eastern Federation School at Wild
Acres, S.C. He did lots of judging at shows connected with the Eastern Federation,
and after moving to Santee, CA, was happy that the California Federation
had him judging Faceted Stones.
Walt wrote an interesting article titled Mysterious Prism Designs in the
August 1995 issue of the Lapidary Journal. It shows a picture of and tells
about a quartz prism that he made. As far as we know, this is a one of a
kind. Walt died on October 22, 1989.