Walker F. Peterson Jr., 87, Scandia executive

July 13, 2006

Walker Fairfield Peterson Jr., a retired Baltimore businessman and world traveler, died of a cardiac arrest Friday at Burdette-Tomlin Hospital in Cape May Court House, N.J. He was 87.

Mr. Peterson was born and raised in Milwaukee and was a 1937 graduate of Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn. He attended Cornell University and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Bethlehem, Pa., before enlisting in the Navy in 1943. He attained the rank of lieutenant and served in the South Pacific.

Mr. Peterson moved to Baltimore in 1950, when he and his college roommate, James Easter, purchased Zepp Photo from its founders.

In 1952, he sold his interest in the company and joined Scandia Manufacturing Co., a Baltimore company that produces precision marine equipment used aboard submarines. He became project manager and was vice president of the company at his 1997 retirement.

Mr. Peterson lived in Ruxton for many years before moving to the Murray Hill neighborhood of Baltimore County in 1999.

He had been a member of the board of the Keswick Multi-Care Center for 34 years.

Mr. Peterson's travels included Europe, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Elkridge Club.

His wife of 54 years, the former Anne H. Porter, died in 2001.

He was a communicant of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues in Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday.

Surviving are three daughters, Marjorie P. Anderson of Manhattan, Kan., Anne P. Conolly of Albany, N.Y., and Mary P. Wright of Eastchester, N.Y.; a sister, Nancy P. Brewster of Glyndon; and four grandchildren.

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