Walter Bennett Field
February 29, 1928 – January 8, 2021
Walter B. (Bennett) Field, age of 92 years old, passed away on January 8, 2021. Walter was born on February 29, 2028 in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York to Tillie Gerber Field and Bennett A. Field – making him a “leap year baby.” He was predeceased by his twin sister, Betty Field Aster. Walter was raised in Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York. Walter graduated from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Long Island New York. He was an Eagle Scout and served as an Assistant Scout Master. Walter graduated from Penn State University (B.S.) and Case Western Reserve University (M.S.) with degrees in chemistry. After serving honorably the United States Army in the Korean War, he worked for 30 years in Fluoride R&D with the Harshaw Chemical Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. Walter held many patents through his work at Harshaw. He did volunteer work for many years with a prominent Cardiologist at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio who specialized in the rehabilitation of cardiac patients through a program of diet and exercise. Walter followed the valuable lessons that he learned from this program throughout his long life. During his lifetime, Walter supported a vast number of charitable institutions and universities providing major scholarships and grants for medical research and for other charitable purposes that were important to him. He was a modest man and a quiet, unassuming philanthropist. Walter was also a loving and generous Uncle to those members of his family with whom he was close. Walter leaves behind his older sister, Carol Field Agress; Carol’s daughter, his niece, Bonnie Purpura and Bonnie’s children, his great nieces, Jennifer Purpura Woodling, Rachel Haines, and Sarah Purpura; Jennifer’s children, Cole Woodling and Olivia Woodling; and Rachel’s children, Jacob Haines and Haley Haines; and Carol’s son, his nephew, Richard Agress, M.D., and Richard’s children, Bernie Agress and Caroline Agress.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021