Walker Wright Brown
(1924 - 2008)

Walker Wright Brown

Wisconsin, United States of America
June 12, 1924

Oregon, United States of America
October 24, 2008

Walker Wright Brown

June 12, 1924 – October 24, 2008

Walker Wright Brown of Bend, Oregon passed away October 24, 2008 as a result of unexpected respiratory failure.

Walker was born June 12, 1924 in Janesville, Wisconsin to William Walker and Harriet Brown. A few years later, the family relocated to Glendale, California, where Walker grew up and graduated from Glendale High School.

As an undergraduate at Occidental College, Walker felt the call to serve his country and, in 1942, enlisted in the school’s United States Navy V12 program. In 1943, Walker put his undergraduate pursuits on hold when he was accepted into the Navy’s Midshipmen’s School at Columbia University.

In 1944, Walker was commissioned as an ensign and was given command of an LCT, which saw action primarily in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign of World War II and specifically in, among other places, Okinawa. During his service, Walker was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Bronze Star, the Victory Medal and Ribbon WWII, the WWII Occupation Medal (Navy), and Naval Reserve Medal. Walker was honorably discharged in 1946 and served in the United States Naval Reserve until 1956.

Shortly after his discharge, Walker took advantage of the GI Bill to study French language and culture for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. He then returned to Occidental College and, in 1948, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then, one year later, a General Secondary Credential. In 1953 he earned a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California.

Walker married Mary Alyce Marshall in Pasadena, California on July 27, 1959. They had three children and were divorced in 1985.

In 1950, Walker began what proved to be a 33-year career in education with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). From 1950 through 1958, Walker was a junior high school English and social studies teacher and Department chairman. In 1958, he moved from the classroom to the role of administrator, first as a junior high school vice-principal and then, for the last eighteen years of his career with LAUSD, as a senior high school principal.

In 1981, Walker co-founded the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) and, after his retirement from LAUSD in 1983, he took on the role of executive director of AALA, which he fulfilled until his retirement in 1991.

Walker married Phillipa Levangie in Los Angeles on April 4, 1987 and she survives him at their home in Bend.

Throughout his adult life, Walker’s greatest joys were boating, hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, reading, learning, traveling – especially to Paris – and being with his family. In retirement, he enjoyed all of these activities frequently and, thanks to sharing them with his wife and family, he enjoyed them even more deeply.

One of the pivotal events in Walker’s – and his family’s – life was buying property on the Little Deschutes River in 1969. Over the ensuing 25 years, mostly during family vacations, he developed the property into a treasured family retreat. Between the late 1980s and the early 1990s – and primarily because of this property – Walker’s entire immediate family relocated to Central Oregon. Until his death, the beauty of "Brown's Bend" remained an integral part of his and his family's lives.

During the years of his retirement in Bend, Walker served as a member of the Deschutes County Property Tax Appeals Board and as a volunteer mediator for the Deschutes County Courts.

Walker is survived by his wife, Phillipa; his three children and a son-in-law: Linda and Tim Seeberg of Bend; Melanie Brown of Albany, Oregon; and Judson Brown of Bend; his step-children: Suzanne Kurtz , Marianne Levangie, Gigi Grazer, and Julie Levangie, all of southern California; his grandchildren: Spenser and Oliver; and his step-grandchildren: Frankie, Jonathan, Angie, John Henry, Thomas, and Patrick. Walker was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara.

Burial, with military honors and attended by Walker’s family, was in Pilot Butte Cemetery in Bend on October 29.

A memorial service will be held at Aspen Hall on Tumalo Creek in Bend on Sunday, November 9 at 1:00pm. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite memories of Walker and, if inclined, share one of them during the service.

An online memorial has been created at walkerbrown.ilasting.com for family and friends to view and share memories and photos.

Deeply appreciative of the additional years of life gained because of his participation in The Heart Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, Walker’s family requests memorial contributions be made in Walker’s name to: Cardiac Care in Memory of Walker Brown c/o St. Charles Foundation, 2500 NE Neff Rd, Bend, OR 97701.

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My father, Martin King, worked with Mr. Brown in LAUSD, and spoke very highly of him, saying that Walker Brown taught him so much about the education profession. Dad has fond memories of him. I wish they'd had a chance to see each other. It is my dad's ninetieth birthday on Thursday. Thank you and take care. Sincerely, Doug King
Douglas King (Friend)
March 25th, 2014
I was wondering if you could help me find any of the Levangie sisters I am looking for my niece Angelina. My phone # is 909-597-7315 My name is Paula email apaulag1@aol.com
Paula Bevins (family through angelina)
February 17th, 2009
Our sincere condolences for your loss. We're here for you if you have any questions about using our service.
iLasting Staff
November 25th, 2008
As a college friend and roommate of Walker's son, Judson, I often heard him speak fondly of his father. Now, as an Elementary School Principal, I can appreciate Walker Brown as the professional he was. As one of the founders of AALA, the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (my Union), Walker Brown's work has touched me personally. My heart goes out to the Brown family.

Marc Dyen (Colleague / Friend)
November 19th, 2008
Kam and family, I sincerely appreciate your thoughts and prayers. The scale collection began when I brought home a simple and rusty scale. He couldn't resist applying his WD40 and a coat of green paint. He was fascinated with the great variety of scales, from home to commerce to industry, and the uniqueness of each. And, he had to make them work correctly and balance. We searched antique shops on our motorhome trips and European journeys for the next interesting scale.
My very best to you and your family. When you come our way, please visit and marvel at his collection.
With appreciation,
Phillipa Brown
Phillipa Brown (wife)
November 1st, 2008
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"Dear Linda & Tim, Melanie, and Judson, Walker was very proud of all of you. You are his legacy. Live your life with purpose, joy, and love. Make your own stamp on the world. I will keep you close in my heart, Love, Melody"
Melody Flesuras
November 5th, 2008
"Dear Linda and Family, Thinking of you during this time of transition in your lives. While I did not know your Father, I am quite sure he was a wonderful human being since the apple never falls far from the tree. With lots of love always, Lisa"
Lisa Sheehan
November 4th, 2008


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