Walter X. Burns, Jr., a lifelong resident of Cos Cob, Connecticut, died on February 12 at the age of 72 at his home, a 19th Century Captain’s House. 

Before Amherst he attended St. Catherine’s School and Iona Preparatory. At Amherst he was a history major. Walter belonged to Psi U, and played ice hockey.

Out of College he began working for Irving Trust, a Wall Street firm. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted, nor did I think I would stay on Wall Street, either literally or figuratively, for the rest of my life,” he wrote in the 50th Reunion eBook. “However I learned about money, which was my broad ambition, and it stuck.” He retired a hedge fund manager.

Walter served a term on the Representative Town Meeting of Greenwich. With others, he opened restaurants in Old Greenwich (“Tracks”) and Stamford (“Applause”).

He loved boats and was a member of Riverside Yacht Club for over 35 years, and of several other yacht clubs. He organized and coached a Special Olympics sailing program, helping people with disabilities learn the pleasures of sailing.

Wrote his daughter Siobhan ‘90: “Walter was a fantastic cook, a jazz aficionado, and a lover of theatre. More recently, he took up beekeeping, which involved quite a get-up.. But more than anything, Walter loved being with his friends and family, lifting a glass and telling a story.”

He left his wife Carol (Treffeisen) whom he married the year after Amherst graduation. They had three children: Christopher, Siobhan, and Michael.

David Cruickshank ‘62 recalled: “For two years, Wally and I were roommates, beer drinking buddies, best of friends, and prototype ‘underachievers’ at Amherst. Wally considered Law School and “aced” the law exams.”

“In typical Wally fashion, he decided he would only apply to the top five law schools and ‘rolled the dice’. The dice said ‘hedge funds on Wall Street.’”

Neale Adams ’63