Hi David and Paul-
Despite his Parkinsons. which sadly was apparent in the early 90s, Walter still came to conventions. He had the audience (which included many school children) spellbound at the NY Titanic International convention- 1995 I think. To me, he was unsinkable.
The last couple of years were a sore trial,to be inhibited in ability to leave his apartment. But this he bore, with great patience, good humor, and courage, displaying, even when completely bedridden at the end, a keen interest in world news, music, and the lives of his many friends and admirers. As was said of Archie Butt, it could be said of Walter, "The world could ill-afford to lose a man such as he."