Roger N. Walker ’47

Roger N. Walker ’47 died January 1, 2013, in South Portland. He was born on February 27, 1926, in Biddeford, son of the late Thomas B. Walker of the Bowdoin Class of 1906, and left Biddeford High School in his junior year to join the Navy during WWII. He served on the ammunition ship the USS Lassen. After his discharge, he enrolled at Bowdoin, where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. He earned a master’s equivalent from Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He started working for Canal National Bank in 1950 and retired in 1988 as the senior vice president of operations and cashier of Key Bank of Maine. He served as president of the Portland Lions Club and of the First Congregational Church of South Portland and was a Cub and Scout Master for Troop 24. He was admired for his ability to fix, remodel, build, or repair anything. He loved model building, starting with airplanes in the late 1930s, and recently built a model submarine for his grandchildren to complement his growing fleet of radio-controlled boats. A centerpiece of his summer workshop was a much-used 1946 Willy’s Jeep, which he continually restored to working condition and on which all his children learned to drive. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth C. Walker; sons Richard, Steven, and Bruce Walker; daughter Amy Walker Matthews; and 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers Robert and Edwin G. Walker ’36 and sister Pauline Deans.