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Herbert Smedley Walters
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WALTERS , HERBERT SMEDLEY on December 13, 2017 age 91 of Bradenton, FL., formerly of Newtown Square. Devoted husband of Demetra (nee Bahadouris). Beloved father of Lee Walters of Baltimore, MD, Deborah Walters of Baltimore, MD and Pamed Walters LeResche of Newtown Square. FUNERAL SERVICE WEDNESDAY AT 12:00 NOON IN THE FRANK C. VIDEON FUNERAL HOME SPROUL AND LAWRENCE ROADS BROOMALL WHERE RELATIVES AND FRIENDS MAY CALL AFTER 11:00 Aof Newtown Square, PA and Kendal, England. Funeral Service Wednesday, December 20th, at the Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Sproul and Lawrence Roads, Broomall where relatives and friends may call after 11:00am, with service at 12noon, and burial to follow at West Laurel Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Herbert’s name may be sent for dementia research to

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Herbert Smedley Walters, of Bradenton, FL and North East, MD, and former resident of Newtown Square, PA and Timonium, MD, passed away on Wednesday, December 13th at the age of 91 ¾.
Smedley, an only child, was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 4, 1926 to Katharine Amelia Smedley Walters and Herbert LeVan Walters. His mother adoringly referred to him as Sonny. His parents, avid equestrians, were social members of Aronimink Golf Club where the 7-year old Sonny sunk the final putt to win a tournament but golf never became his passion. That distinction went to “gas-powered model airplane engines” which spurred him to attain his Private Pilot’s License for flying single-engine planes as an adult. During the Depression, the ambitious 8-year-old Sonny started an egg delivery business, riding his bike through the Ardmore neighborhoods, selling eggs for $0.08/dozen to make his own money to buy his motors. His family moved to a several acre property in Newtown Square in the late 1930’s so they could accommodate their horses and for Sonny the horse pastures were perfect for flying his model airplanes. He enjoyed riding horses with his neighborhood friend, Evelyn du Pont, on her father William’s (grandson of Henry du Pont), grand estate.
Smedley’s education began at Friends’ Central School as a kindergarten student, carpooling with childhood friend Jean Lumpkin, (nee Campbell – Campbell Soup Company) but had to transfer to junior-senior high public school for three years because of World War II gas shortages. Determined to graduate with his class of 1944, he returned to Friends’ Central in his senior year. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy as a Seaman 1st Class and spent the next two years on the USS Helena, which was deployed on a round-the-world-cruise conducting training exercises and paying good will visits to major ports. His duties included working with the ship’s Pharmacist, who mentored him on compounding medications based on chemical formulations which piqued his interest in pharmacology / pharmaceuticals. Upon his return home, the support of the GI Bill for Veterans gave him the means to attend and graduate from Villanova University with a B.S. degree in Economics in 1952. He was a member of the Delta Pi Epsilon fraternity. In 1951, he had married Patricia (nee Dohan), later raising their three children in Timonium, MD. They divorced in 1980.
Herb became a very successful Pharmaceutical salesman for Wyeth, Parke-Davis, and the Ross Laboratories division of Abbott Laboratories. His greatest accomplishment was securing Ross Labs first $1Million contract with the government established WIC Program (Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). In 1980, he married Demetra (nee Bahadouris). After a very lucrative 21-year career with Ross Labs, he was able to retire in 1983 at 57 to pursue his interests and hobbies.
Smed’s various passions in life where attacked with much enthusiasm. You never saw anyone mow the lawn with such gusto. He loved the air but he also loved the sea; including swimming, waterskiing, collecting Mercury Green Head Outboard Motors, sailing small day boats and his two favorite larger vessels, the 46-foot Beneteau First 456 on the waters of the Chesapeake from the head rivers of North East all the way into Baltimore Harbor, and the 32-foot CC on the Manatee River and the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, he enjoyed target shooting with various handguns and rifles, motorcycles / sports cars, ice skating / sledding, NASCAR, Villanova basketball games, Oriole pre-season games in Florida, and doing the Jitterbug to the Purple People Eater. He enjoyed cooking, fresh vegetables, and everything seafood. Smed was very intelligent and knowledgeable on so many subjects. He would easily captivate you with his stories, even if he were just telling you about the new tractor he was buying.
Herb’s memberships and associations included SAM (Society of Antique Modelers – model airplanes), Antique Outboard Motor Club, Hances Point Yacht Club (North East, MD), and the Bradenton Coin Club. Recognized by Villanova University as a generous benefactor, he was a member of The Matthew Carr Society for his donation to the School of Business scholarship program. He also created the Herbert Smedley Walters ’44 and Demetra Walters Scholarship Fund for the Friends’ Central Upper School students with financial needs.
Herbert is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Demetra, and his loving children: son Lee Walters of Baltimore, MD, daughter Deborah Walters of Baltimore, MD, daughter Pamed Walters Le Resche and son-in-law Peter Le Resche M . In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to


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