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Otto H. Walker ’32

Otto H. Walker ’32, October 20, 1996, in Oakland, California. After graduation from Reed, he continued to work for about 10 years at the bakery that had provided part time employment during college. During World War II, he was able to move closer to his ambition of becoming a mathematics teacher by teaching math at Naval schools at various locations in the U.S. After the war, he worked for 16 years in management for Shell Oil Company in Portland, while pursuing teaching credentials at night through Portland State University. In 1962, after his children had finished college, he was able to realize his dream of teaching and took a position as a mathematics teacher at Milwaukie High School, where he worked until his retirement in 1972. He and his wife traveled extensively in retirement before settling down in Hawaii, where they lived for 13 years and he worked part time in property management. In 1991, they relocated to California to be nearer to their children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1998

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