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Walt - an excellent analytical engineer, the go-to guy for helicopter drive system issues, he was always eager to offer his technical counsel on small issues or large (provided you brought resources), a good friend, we shared a common passion for water skiing (we would sometimes ski after work), and finely engineered German performance cars. He was also an avid consumer of new technologies and BMW 328s, as he tried to wear out several of these cars driving longer than

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Posted by: Jim Miller - Mt. Dora, FL - Former Co-worker   Sep 21, 2013

Walt had it a wealth of technical and practical knowledge about helicopter drive systems. He also had the capability to work with others to make the helicopter drive train reliable and safe. His years of experience were helpful when he was designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be one of their engineering representatives known as an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER). As a flight test engineer for Bell Helicopter I had a high regard for Walt's work and

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Posted by: Stephen Schmidt - Arlington, TX - Fellow worker at Bell Helicopter   Sep 20, 2013

Walt was one of the "nice guys". Always helpful, considerate and VERY smart. He was willing to share his knowledge and teach others, a rare quality indeed! Walt will be missed by all that knew him.

Posted by: Dudley Smith - Arlington, TX - C-Worker   Sep 20, 2013

Working with highly capable persons like Walt is one of the most rewarding experience that an engineer can have.
He will be sorely missed by all the people in Italy that had the opportunity to met him over the past years.
Bye Walt.

Posted by: Andrea - Milan, Italy   Sep 20, 2013

I met Walt in Italy many years ago and I'm very sorry of his death. Sincere condolences.

Posted by: Giuseppe De Dionigi    Sep 19, 2013

I worked with Walter at Bell Helicopter and was always in awe of his tremendous knowledge and experience. He was one of the best in the world at designing and fielding helicopter drive systems, a complex and difficult field. He was appointed as a Technical Fellow, the best of the best. He was also a mentor, and a leader for the younger engineers who sought his guidance. We in the helicopter industry around the world will miss Walt, his wealth

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Posted by: Nick Lappos    Sep 19, 2013

Walt was a career long mentor to me and had an amazing knowledge or helicopters! He was very well respected by all everywhere. My heart is heavy. We love Walt!

Posted by: Charley - Fort Worth, TX - Co- Worker   Sep 18, 2013

I worked with Walt from the time he hired in at Bell until I retired in March 2010. I always considered him one of the smartest and best Engineers I knew. He had a great sense of humor and an easy-going style that made him a joy to work with. His passing will definitely leave a void at Bell Helicopter at he will be missed by his many friends.
Don Ward

Posted by: Donald J. Ward - Arlington, TX - Friend   Sep 18, 2013