from Jeanie K. Smith

A dear college friend passed away recently– Walter Satterthwait was an accomplished award-winning author, notably of mystery novels and historical fiction, but also of short stories. He was also extremely Cool– in the hip, savvy, unflappable sense of the word– and one of the wittiest people I’ve known. We were at Reed College at the same time, for a while; then his life’s journey took him to New York, France, Greece, Santa Fe, all over Europe, Florida, and more, finally to Washington state where he left this world on February 26. We corresponded occasionally over the years; more, recently, as he neared the end (and knew it was coming).
Thank you, Walter, for the great memories, the great books you left us, and for all that fun and laughter. Stay cool, and be at peace… 

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