Joseph Phillip Walter, 68, Sun printer, sports...

December 31, 1996

Joseph Phillip Walter, 68, Sun printer, sports volunteer

Joseph Phillip Walter, a printer at The Sun for 43 years and a longtime volunteer for Baltimore area amateur sports, died of lymphoma Dec. 20 at his home in Clarksville, Del. He was 68.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he coached girls and boys basketball teams at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore.

For several years, he also worked part-time as assistant to the athletic director at Park School, going there after his daily stint at The Sun.

The Baltimore native attended St. Anthony Elementary School and St. Joseph High School.

He worked one summer as a 16-year-old apprentice printer at The Sun and stayed until his retirement in 1990. He was a makeup man, assembling news pages and, in later years, directed the production flow of advertisements.

He and his wife, Claire Storck Walter, moved from Leith Walk in Northeast Baltimore to Clarksville five years ago.

He was a volunteer valet car parker at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., and drove the Ocean City boardwalk train, activities where he could help elderly and handicapped people and have fun with children, his wife recalled.

Mr. Walter was a member of St. Matthew Church for 40 years and became a member of St. Luke Roman Catholic Church in Ocean City.

He also was a member of the Columbia 101-12, International Typographical Union.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Kathryn Hobart and Jane Baldi, both of Columbia; two sons, Joseph Walter of Hanover, Pa., and John Walter of Baltimore; three sisters, Anna Wessel of Kensington, and Rose and Ida Walter, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Esther M. C. Miller, 76, Democratic, civic activis

Esther Marie Clifton Miller, a Democratic and civic activist and a longtime supporter of President Clinton, died Saturday of cancer. She was 76.

Mrs. Miller was a member of many organizations, including the League of Women Voters and various Democratic clubs. She also was involved in a number of election campaigns and until last year opened the polling place in her hometown of Clinton, Prince George's County, on Election Day, and stood outside for 13 hours handing out literature for her party's candidates.

"She was very adamant about supporting the Democratic Party," said her son, Jonathan Miller of Austin, Texas.

That support extended to Bill Clinton even before he was elected president, and led to an invitation to his 1993 inauguration, a visit to her hometown and a call and handwritten note to her this month. The many mementos she had of the commander in chief, including photographs of the two, decorate an entire wall, her son said.

Another son, Thomas V. Mike Miller, president of the Maryland Senate and a Clinton resident, noted: "She was most proud of her relationship with President Clinton. They developed this dialogue. He called and talked to her like a priest for 20 minutes on Dec. 10."

The former Esther Clifton graduated from Wilson Teachers College in 1940 and taught at John Burroughs Elementary School in Washington. She later was a tutor and substitute teacher in the Prince George's public school system.

Services will be at 10 a.m. todayat St. John's the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, with interment at Resurrection Cemetery, both in Clinton.

Her husband, Thomas V. Miller, whom she married in 1941, died in 1991.

Survivors include six daughters, Kimberly Miller and Susan Marie Miller of Bethesda, Cynthia Miller of Riva, Melinda "Mimi" Miller of Midlothian, Va., Nancy Miller of Upper Marlboro and Judith Miller of McLean; two additional sons, David Miller of Dunkirk and Mark Miller of Bryantown, Charles County; 23 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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