BIOGRAPHICAL OUTLINE: Page 2

Walt loved all forms of natural water; he learned to skim stones (shale was the best kind of stone for maximum skimming, he assured me, near Vergennes, VT.

     Walt loved all forms of natural water; he learned to skim stones (shale was the best kind of stone for   maximum skimming, he assured me) near Vergennes, VT.

June 1942  He enlisted in the US Navy: Stationed at Newport, RI

June 1943  Married Fall River girl, Sylvia Zola Lubinsky

Wartime Active Duty: at sea, aboard the SS ALASKA

Dec. 1944: First child, daughter, Gale Mayo

July 1947 2nd child: son, Scott Tryon

1946  The young family moved to Katonah, from Fall River, MA

1946 Hired to teach music at the new (1939) Katonah High School: Band, Chorus and sometimes Orchestra

1949: the Family moved to Cherry Street at the intersection of Valley Road

1951   3rd child, daughter Kristine Andres, was born

1950’s Started taking Art Class with H. Winfield Scott of North Salem, NY

1956-1968  MUSIC TEACHER at John Jay High School: Band, Instrumental lessons

  Theory, Composition, Introduction  to Music History

1958: Created the first JJ Dance  Band, nicknamed The Purple Themes

1961  4th child, son, Lee Stuart was born

 1963: Bought an old log cabin in the  Maine woods–his haven and summer retreat

 1968  Appointed Chairman of the Music Department at the untimely death of Sonia Lanman

1973: Revived the John Jay Dance Band to great acclaim

June 1974 Retired with heartfelt recognition from faculty and music students

ACTIVE RETIREMENT: he continued oil painting, composing and arranging music, and mentoring  his former students

HEALTH ISSUES: heart attacks, gout, major cardiac surgery

He was mentally alert and remained creative to the end.

December 16, 2000  He died peacefully of heart failure, at his home.

Buried: Bedford Union Cemetery, Clinton Road, Bedford Hills, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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