Walter Brown Parker, Jr. ’38

Walter Brown Parker, Jr. ’38 died on March 13, 2007, in Bedford, Mass.

Born in Portland, Maine, on June 9, 1916, he prepared for college at Portland High School and Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and became a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity at Bowdoin. He graduated from Bowdoin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939. He received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from M.I.T. in 1940. Over the course of his career, he worked for the Dewey and Almy Chemical Division of W. R. Grace & Company in Cambridge, Mass., as a chemical engineer, research director, and plant designer. After experiencing a third retinal detachment, Mr. Brown retired from engineering and in 1965 founded “Tree Growers” to preserve and plant forestland in New England. He was a member of the First Parish Church of Wayland and served as 1938’s Class Agent in the Alumni Fund for a number of years. He was married to Lucy Danforth in 1939. He is survived by his five children, Lucinda, Evelyn,Theodora, Sophia, and Benjamin ’79.