Walter Joseph Landry Sr.
January 23, 1931 – October 24, 2012
Walter J. Landry, 81, passed away on Oct 24 at his home in Arlington, VA. He is survived by his wife Carolyn (née Kruschke) of 49 years; their six children: Celeste of Boulder, Col., John of Providence, R.I., Joseph of Dallas, Catherine of San Jose, Cal., Walter, Jr of Pasadena, Cal., and James of Wellesley, Mass.; ten grandchildren; and his sister Margie Leblanc of Lafayette, La. He was born January 23, 1931, to John and Lelia (née Peltier) Landry in Waggerman, La. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame, served in Korea (1953-54) as a Marine Corps Lieutenant, and then was a legislative director for Sen. Russell Long (D-La). He earned a law degree from Tulane University and practiced law before joining the Foreign Service in 1962. He served in Paraguay, Spain and on the US delegation to the Organization of American States where his work drafting the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights stimulated a lifelong interest in civil and human rights. Always proud of his Cajun heritage, Walter settled his family in Lafayette, La in 1970 where Walter was a political science professor at USL (now Univ. of Louisiana), completed his PhD in political science from American University, practiced law, was a senior researcher for the 1974 Louisiana Constitutional Convention, ran for political office, chaired the parish Democratic Committee and was active in other civic organizations. Walter relocated back to the DC area in 1990 where he founded a think tank promoting national self-determination for ethnic minorities, co-produced community access television programs, traded on the foreign exchange futures market, and was involved in the NOVA Catholic Community. The visitation will be Sunday, Oct 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, Arlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St Charles Borromeo, Arlington. Interment will be at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle Va. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Arlington County Public Library http://library.arlingtonva.us/ or Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington http://www.ccda.net/.
- Visitation Sunday, October 28, 2012
- Funeral Mass Monday, October 29, 2012
- Interment Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Walter Joseph Landry Sr.
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October 28, 2012
It was an honor to know him as a friend with an enviable grasp of politics and foreign affairs and as a neighbor who was always gracious, always friendly. And he understood how the soybean market worked, too. We will miss him.
October 28, 2012
To Carolyn and all her children - our hearts and thoughts are with you. Walter was a special person in our lives in Arlington. We will miss him very much.
October 27, 2012
I met Dr. Landry in Washington DC during a Summit at the Capitol. He was knowledgeable, very professional, easy to talk to, and loved people. His examplary life will shine forever.
Prof. Martin Ayim, Grambling State University, Louisiana
October 26, 2012
My cousin,Buddy, was a unique individual!! I lived with the Landrys during the 1971-72 academic year while I was completing my Master's. I got to know him and Carolyn on an adult level. His brain was always going--thinking about whatever he was interested in at the time. He was always happy and involved in his teaching or the politics of the moment. We will miss that special soul!!
Lynda McVille (River Ridge, LA)
October 26, 2012
I remember Walter for his dedication to foreign policy, human rights and his skill and ability to work outside the box! His think-tank concerning self-determination maybe before its time with the world's many problems. When Walter attended The American Society of International Law's Forum Discussions in Washington, DC you could see his interest and zeal.
With The World Sindhi Institute and Executive Director, Munawar Lahgari and its many members, again Walter showed his interest and skills toward the India/Pakistan and now Afgahistan conflicts, both ethnic and strategic.
Walter had a sense of humor which he often displayed and used to cast his opinions and keen logic. He will long be remembered to his family and the US diplomatic community.
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World Media Reports - WMRNews
Rockville, MD 20850
October 26, 2012
I Edwin Ngang, met Dr. Walt Landry for the first time around 1995 in one of the several public meetings he, as the Executive Director of Think Tank for National Self-Determination organized in the Greater DC Metropolitan area. The ideals of TNS, which promote as inalienable, the rights of self-determination to all peoples and nations had to be very attractive to me, an activist for independence of Ambazonia (British Southern Cameroons). Dr. Landry, through this brainchild the TNS, and with his own resources I remarked, took the rather more difficult path of advocating rights of ethnic peoples and minorities: a position all but minimized and ignored by the major Think Tanks of WDC. I soon became the secretary of TNS and got to know him in his several dimensions of excellence. He was not only a "personal advocate" for the cause of Ambazonia, he was my teacher, mentor and father all in one! Dr Landry's advocated on Ambazonia's behalf in the US Congress, the State Department, the UN, the World Court and other States and non-States entities, as to earn himself the title of "Ambazonia Country Representative"! Dr. Landry would invite me to visit him at his home just to chat; we would sometimes organize TNS meetings there as well as in public restaurants; he would take me along to some of his other extra-curricula activities such as hosting public TV production, attending Lions Club meetings and more. That he effused a very deep sense of passion, commitment and emphaty in all of these undertakings was remarkable! As I hung around him, learning from his abundant stock of knowledge, I always wondered what drives Dr. Landry at this stage of his life!! He is a retiree who otherwise could have taken the much easier and fancier hobbies and found compartible company there. But he did not! Instead, he found an excuse to engage but the "unglamorous" tasks. On his own expense, he took time off to visit Cameroon (my country of origin) upon an invitation (albeit late) to attend a symposium on "Language and Minorities" organized by the University of Yaounde. Ofcourse, this topic which fell right within the scope of TNS guns is hardly one he could resist, besides the undergirding desire to investigate Ambazonia's grievances at its source! True to his character, which during my 17 years relations with him (1995-2012) I found true, honest and predictable, he felt obligated to visit the provinces. He visited Bamenda, my home town and Limbe, a major port city in Ambazonia ! It was clear to me as it was to everyone who were opportuned to listen to his tales of travels to Cameroon, that he did not go there as that American Tourist! As evidence of his zeal in whatever he engaged, he went there as the stern scholar and activist for human rights! The Landry "advocacy-machine" which I encountered that fateful day in Washington DC, 1995, lost no steam with the passage of time as he remained true to his belief of justice and freedom for all peoples through the principle of "right of self-determination"! I should know since, when I last visited him at his Fairfax home this September 2012, even though challenged by his aliment and undergoing rehabilitation, he still mustered energy and time for us to delve in our favorite topic --politics! I will miss you my Dear Friend and mentor, Dr. Walt Landry: but I will never forget you. You were and will be my inspiration to never relent-- to keep on with the good fight. God be with you in his heavely kingdom. Edwin Ngang