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Walt was raised in Springfield as a son of a banker in the great depression. After serving in World War II, he graduated from Drury University. He then became a JAG officer during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Carol for 44 years until her death in 1995.
He has enjoyed his lifelong devotion to the Shrine and served as Potentate of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield. Walt was employed as the Chairman of the International Shrine Jurisprudence and Laws Committee for the 23 Shriner’s Hospitals and Burns Institute across the United States, Canada & Mexico.
Upon moving to Aurora in 1958, he became heavily involved in civic affairs. He is an avid Houn’ Dawg and Drury Panthers supporter and enjoys his time at Table Rock lake with his family.
J. D., University of Missouri – Columbia, 1952
B.A., Drury University, 1949
Thirty Third Degree Scottish Rite Mason
Highest AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year
Lloyd R. Ellis Award
The Missourian Award – 2012
Phi Delta Phi &Sigma Nu
The Missouri Bar Association (1952)
American Bar Association
Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers,
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Abou Ben Adhem – Past Potentate
Drury University – Board of Trustees
Sigma Nu Fraternity
Phi Delta Phi Fraternity
Staff Attorney, Neal & Newman (1954 – 1957)
Senior Partner, Pettit Law Office (1957 – Present)
Primary Counsel, Shriner’s Hospitals and Burn Institutes (1981 – 2001)