Frederick H. Walter

Born November, 24 1917, died August 19, 2005

Fred Walter was one of founding members of Rye SilverSurfers and wrote the following autobiographical sketch for the first issue of "Rye Reflections".

I was born in Dorchester, Mass., and grew up in Dorchester and Medford Hillside, Mass.  I was educated in the Medford Public Schools through grade 11.  In that year, 1934, we moved to Watertown, Mass., where I graduated from Watertown High School in 1935 with high honors.  I was one of three seniors selected to speak at graduation.  I also received a varsity letter for hockey.

College was out of the question.  Our family was poor, and 1935 was not exactly a year of economic vitality, so I went to work.  As a caddy at the Oakley Country Club, I had met the vice president and general counsel of Liberty Mutual, and through him I was hired to be the office boy in Liberty Mutualís legal department.  After two years of association with the companyís lawyers I decided I wanted to be a lawyer, too, so I went to night law school at Northeastern University for four years.  I graduated Cum Laude, passed the Mass. bar exam and became a lawyer working for Liberty Mutual.

World War II interrupted things, and I enlisted in the Coast Guard, serving for three and a half years.  Soon after returning to civilian life, I married Mary Margaret Runey, and we were blessed with seven children. We have had a wonderful life together, having been married for almost 57 years.

We bought a house in Waltham and endeavored to become solid citizens of that community.  While there we participated in many civic affairs, including serving as a city councilor, a school committee member and a library trustee.  After I retired from Liberty Mutual in 1988, we moved to Rye, where we are now enjoying our retirement.