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WALTERS, Robert L.  -

1921 - 2024

 

Robert Lowell Walters, PhD, died peacefully in Richmond, BC, on January 21, 2024, after hosting family for brunch. Bob was born on November 20, 1921, in Canton, Ohio, to Mary Smart Walters (née McKitrick) and Allen Ray Walters.

 

He was educated at Oberlin College (BA, 1943) and Princeton (PhD, 1954).

 

He came to Canada to take a job in the Department of French at the University of Manitoba in 1951.

 

He was the much- loved stepfather of Peter (Julie), Kate (Robert) and Jeremy (Elizabeth) Collie, for whom he created a loving stimulating home with their mother, Rosemary Kelley; and the devoted father of Mary Louise Taylor (née Walters) (Jeff); and grandfather of Zachary Aaron Taylor and Jackson Ray Taylor.

 

After 12 years teaching in Winnipeg, he transferred to the University of Western Ontario in 1963, where he had a brilliant career as an expert on 18th century French literature, specializing in Voltaire's writing about Newton.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Leroy (1990); and his sister, Margaret Ann (2020). He leaves many members of the Walters and Kelley families who loved to spend time with Uncle Bob.

 

He was an honorary member of the Beigbeder family in France; and the Melady family of Dublin, Ontario. A celebration of life will be held on April 5th in Vancouver; and a memorial service on May 17th at 11 a.m. at First-St. Andrew's Church in London, Ontario.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Wade-Walters Scholarship fund at Western University (www.westernconnect.ca/ walters).

 

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