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Walter H. T. Raymond

Died: Sat., Nov. 17, 2012

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Walter H. T. Raymond died November 17 in the Frederick Hospital after suffering congestive heart failure. He was 67.  The second of three children, he was born on April 21, 1945, in Summit, NJ, and grew up in Denville, NJ. He was the son of the late Walter H. T. Raymond and Mary Wasylyshyn Raymond, who survives him.

An alumnus of Morris Hills Regional High School, Mr. Raymond graduated From Penn State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.  While at Penn State he was an active member of Sigma Pi fraternity and played for the University’s Rugby Club.

After graduation he took a job in New York City where he lived in an apartment in the East Village. In 1972 as an innocent by-stander, he was critically injured during an armed robbery. As a result of his injuries, he was left a quadriplegic. After a long rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation in New York, he returned to live with his parents in Harper’s Ferry, WV. While acclimating to life in the country, Mr. Raymond realized that he had to refocus his life. He decided to enroll in Shepard College earning a degree in Computer Science. With that degree and an indomitable will to succeed he rebuilt his life. For the next thirty years he was able to work for a succession of companies helping to manage satellite operations. In 2011 he retired from Computer Science Corporation located at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, MD.

Walter’s inquisitiveness and interest in nature and in American history fueled his curiosity about our past as well as our natural environment.  During his life he enjoyed nature photography and catch-and-release fishing.  He was also very interested in model airplanes and was an active remote-controlled-airplane enthusiast.  

Mr. Raymond is survived by his mother, Mary Raymond of Frederick, MD, by a brother David Raymond of Cockeysville, MD, a sister, Marusia Raymond Zearfoss of Middletown, MD, as well as by many nieces and nephews.  

A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor, 5843 Manor Woods Rd., Frederick, MD Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1 PM.    Because Walter grew up in New Jersey and had a great love of New York City, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

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Kern Thornton
   Posted Thu November 22, 2012
As a neighbor and having visited with Water several times I will certainly
miss him. We some times met in the grocery store or as he was outside. We
always had a fine conversation. I write this with deep regret and will miss
him for our occasional meetings. Kern Thornton

Alan Bolstridge
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
I had the pleasure, privilege and good fortune to work with Walt in my younger years writing software at Fort Detrick in the 80's. He had amazing patience, endurance, fortitude, humor, honesty and concern; truly an inspiration. My children enjoyed flying his RC planes with him at the company picnics. We'll all miss him.

Gene Baumwoll
   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
Oh My dear God..
I just saw this...I am so very sorry. Mrs Raymond, Marusia, David,
I loved Walt like a brother-In fact we were Sigma Pi Fratrnity brothers by coincidence.
We spoke on the phone, and emailed..laughing about the Pugeot and our trips to Shea Stadium and to Greenwood Lake, double dating- living in the apartment on East 7th Street
We were going to meet in the East Village for Kilbassa the next time he came to the city.
I would like to speak with you if you wish to contact me.

My email is genesclean@yahoo.com
27 reynolds Lane Buchanan, NY 10511

Gene baumwoll
   Posted Thu March 14, 2013

Walt was a Jean Shepherd listener and fan back in highschool and we would gather at our lockers in the morning and ask "Did you listen to Shep last night?"
I was looking through some emails we exchanged in the last few years, and I can hear Walt's humor and Shep's story telling voice in this story

Walt wrote this story about a fun time we all shared, and sent it to me some time ago.....
I think his family might enjoy reading it.
Amazing Mets
That reminds me of a trip (odyssey ?) some friends and I made to Shea Stadium to see the Amazing Mets. It's one of my favorite stories.

Frank (whose Mom may have been the world's best Italian cook - I can still taste her clams and linguine and her fried zucchini blossoms have never been equaled), Gene, Joe, Jim (who lived right next door to Mom and Dad's first NJ house) and I hopped on a Lakeland bus to the NYC Port Authority, got on the subway, and headed for the stadium - The Big Shea.
We got there very early and had just about as many beers and hot dogs as we could hold by the start of the game.We were in the bleachers in the deep right field cheap seats behind first base. I had my sneaks off, naturally, with my feet up on the rail, probably to help prevent nose bleed. We were way up there.
By the Mets half of the first inning they were behind 9-0.

When the 2nd or 3rd Mets batter got up the game stopped. The batter and the
umpire conversed. The ump walked over to Casy Stengle (then the Mets coach)
and some security people. The crowd waited.

We got more beer.

Finally an usher made his way out to our section and said to me "Hey kid, get
your white socks off the rail, the Mets' batter says they are distracting him from
his hitting !"

Now I doubt if anyone on the Mets had a batting average over .250
that year (1963-64) and I bet that that batter never saw the high side of .200.
This was the team of Marvelous Marvin Thronberry and Cho-cho Coleman. It was
a long time before they ever dreamed of a Pennant, much less the Series. This was not the year of the Miracle Mets.

I took my feet down and the game went on, unfortunately for the Mets.
The Mets were behind 13-0 by the end 2nd inning when we left. We subwayed back to the Port Authority to catch a bus back home.

As we got off the subway, I looked back and saw, through the closing doors, Jim Doerr,
still sitting in the subway car, fast asleep. The A train left, heading uptown to
Harlem, with Jim sleeping away. I still don't know how he get home.

Robert Stolzberg
   Posted Mon July 15, 2013
It has been over 50 years since the last time I saw or spoke to Walt, but I still have a memory of him as one of the good guys. RIP.

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