Walter B. Schatz, revered for his intelligence, generosity and wit, passed away on Monday (November 5, 2012) in the comfort of his own home in West Hartford. He was 90 years old. Beloved father of four children and their spouses, he leaves behind Louis and Susan Schatz of West Hartford, Beverly and David Therkelsen of Andover, Massachusetts, Carol Schatz and Richard Papper of New York City, and Patricia and Gilles Pipernos-Schatz also of West Hartford. Affectionately known as “Walt,” he was the loving grandfather of: David and Amy Schatz; Carly, Matthew and Liza Therkelsen; Gaby and Willy Papper; and Benjamin and Sara Pipernos. In addition to his children and grandchildren, his proudest achievements were his military service, his role as a mediator for the United States District Court in Hartford, and his ability to pick winning stocks. Walt was born in Hartford in 1922 to Louis M. and Elizabeth B. Schatz. He had a younger brother, Paul, who died in 1997. His father co-founded the prestigious Hartford law firm of Schatz & Schatz in 1917 with his brother, Nathan. In 1978, it became Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin. He was educated at The Loomis School, Cornell University and Cornell University Law School. Walt had a distinguished career as a cryptographic technician in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1945. He entered basic training in Miami Beach, Florida and then joined the Signal Corps Wing of the 13th Air Force. He was a decorated Sergeant in the Signal Corps Wing of the 7th Air Force, Military Intelligence Service. Upon graduating from Cornell Law School in 1949, Walt returned to Hartford and joined Schatz & Schatz, where he practiced law for over 50 years. During his years of practice, he was highly respected as a teacher of the law, and devoted countless hours of his time to mentor younger lawyers. From 1996 to 2005, he was of counsel to the firm of Krevolin, Roth & Connors, LLC in West Hartford. He was a member of the County, State and American Bar Associations, Chairman of the Anti-trust section of the Connecticut Bar, and taught Connecticut Procedure at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He served on the Executive Committee of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and was the recipient of the Key Man Award from the Chamber in 1979. He also served on the West Hartford Republican Town Committee and the West Hartford Board of Tax Review and for many years, was a Justice of The Peace in West Hartford. Walter served as a Parajudicial Officer from 1995-2004 for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, working primarily with The Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito. The family extends a special thank you to his caregivers and friends, Diane Iwans and Lori Miller.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 8, at 1 p.m. at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. Shiva will be observed from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, and 1-4 p.m., Friday, at the residence of Lou and Sue Schatz.