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|Walter Joseph Bank|
Service: March 11, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Friday)
Location: Church of The Little Flower
Walter Joseph Bank, 90, a 65-year resident of the Washington area, died on February 10, 2016, of coronary heart disease at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD. He was born January 15, 1926 in Marlborough, MA of a German father and an Irish mother, graduated from St. John�s High School in Worcester, MA, and received his Bachelor and Master�s of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester.
Walter enlisted in the U.S. Navy�s V-12 College Training Program in 1943, was assigned to WPI�s V-12 Program in 1944, and was commissioned in 1946. He was posted to the USS Collett (DD-730) as Junior Communications and Radar Officer, and served in the Pacific in Japan, China, and Korea until 1947. The Navy recalled him to active duty in 1951 at the Navy Bureau of Ordnance, where he was the first TALOS guided missile project officer until 1953. He retired after 20 years of Naval Reserve duty.
His first civilian job was as an electronics engineer at Raytheon Manufacturing Company, Waltham, MA, in 1947. In 1950, he moved to Sylvania Electric�s Kew Gardens Labs, Queens, NY, where he designed proximity fuse radio tubes; from 1953 to 1966, he was Technical Coordinator of Government Relations for Sylvania in Washington, DC. Subsequently, he held positions in government marketing with General Telephone, TRG Inc., Control Data Corporation and Trident Laboratories, and DCS Corporation. He retired from DCS in 1996 as Vice President of Business Development, and was a consultant to Advantage Consulting Corporation, Alexandria, VA, until 2000.
His professional and pro bono activities included the presidency of the WPI Alumni Association and election to the WPI Board of Trustees; presidency of the National Energy Resources Organization; and active participation in the National Security Industrial Association, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Navy League, and the American Ordnance Association. He also edited and published The Washington, DC R&D Firms Directory, and volunteered at the Naval Heritage Center at the U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, DC for several years.
Walter was a person of great energy and enthusiasm who truly enjoyed people and their stories, along with many other interests: golf and other sports (in that order), his own and other people�s dogs, music of all kinds, Block Island, dessert, and the exploits of his children and grandchildren. In November 2010, Walter moved into the Trott Building at Asbury Methodist Village, where he immediately became involved in numerous activities, including managing the wood shop. From 2013 to 2016, he was president of Trott Resident Council. In 2012, he donated 10 Macintosh desktop computers to help launch the first Mac lab, and was Executive Officer Emeritus of Asbury�s Mac user group, the Asbury Apple Corps. From 1970 to 2013, he sang with the choir of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was a longtime parishioner. He also enjoyed his involvement with the Swimming and Diving Committee and Senior Golf Association at Bethesda Country Club, where he was a charter member since 1967.
He is survived by two children, Gretchen G. Bank of New York City and Holden J. Bank of Lafayette, Colorado; three grandchildren, Tobias J. Bank, Kajsa J. Bank, and Karolina B. Bank, all of Colorado; and many relatives and friends. His wife Janet Smith Bank predeceased him in 2010.
A Memorial service will be held Friday, March 11, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at the Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816 (www.lfparish.org).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Center for Restless Legs Syndrome, Johns Hopkins Medicine, at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/about_us/charitable_giving/neurology/; to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) at http://www.wpi.edu/offices/giving/memorial.html; or to Habitat for Humanity at http://www.habitat.org.
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