Philip Thomas Walters ’32

Philip Thomas Walters ’32 died on October 11, 2003, in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Born on April 24, 1911, in Harrisburg, PA, he prepared for college at Johnstown (PA) High School and attended Johnstown Junior College of the University of Pittsburgh for a year before transferring to Bowdoin as a member of the sophomore class in the fall of 1929. He became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1932, he was a newspaper reporter in Johnstown for two years and then worked as a photographer in Ligonier from 1934 to 1940, when he became a reporter and then also a librarian with the Johnstown Tribune. He was also the owner of the Cliffwood Colony, a private summer resort in Ligonier, which he operated for many years, beginning in 1948. He was a lifetime member of the Lions Club and a former district governor. In 1958, he was the chair of the Century Chain Committee for Fort Ligonier’s 200th anniversary and in 1972 became the executive director of the Westmoreland County Bicentennial Association. From 1971 to 1975, he was the awards chair with the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology. He was the author of the book Johnstown, My Uncle and the Flood, published in 1989, an eyewitness account by a relative of the historic event that had its 100th anniversary on May 31 of that year. He was married in 1932 to Elizabeth Peat, who predeceased him, and is survived by a sister, Dorothy Ralston, and six grandchildren.