2016 ‐ 2017
THE AMERICAN LEGION
DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS
After graduating from Austin High School in 1963, Walter enlisted in the U S Army and attended Basic Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Subsequently, he completed Military Police School in Fort Gordon Georgia. He was promoted to Battalion Training NCO in Fort Eustis, Virginia and completed NCO Leadership School in 1965. He Graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1966. After completing Airborne School, he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas where he trained new soldiers in Basic and Advanced Infantry Training and took them to Vietnam, where he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and sometime Company Commander during 1967.
In January 1968 Walter started at The University of Texas and completed a BBA in the Business Honors Program in August 1970. Since his GI Bill was running out, he transferred to The University of Texas at Arlington, where he taught Elementary Accounting while completing a Master of Public Accounting (MPA) and passing the CPA Exam in 1971. He continued to work as an Adjunct Professor after he was hired by Price Waterhouse & Company in Dallas.
He was recruited by the Vice President of Planning of LTV Corporation to develop a Financial Planning System, which was used to complete a 10 year development plan for the ski resort in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
Subsequently, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand, CPAs and Bell Helicopter Textron, where he evaluated and negotiated major sub-contracts.
In 1978, he became an Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas Austin and subsequently completed Oral Exams for a PhD in Accounting in 1980.
While working on the PhD, he started W. W. Ivie, CPA and developed and sold Accounting Software. He also served as Adjunct Faculty at St. Edwards University in the Accounting Department.
From 1994 to 2000, he served as a volunteer Treasurer and Member of Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity. During this period the organization grew from 6 completed homes to building 18 homes per year. About 100 homes were built while he served on the board.
While working, he completed a Teaching Certification in Computer Science at the University of Texas.
In September 1998 he retired as a CPA and taught Advanced Placement Computer Science at Westwood High School for 5 years. His UIL Computer Science team won 3rd Place in the State. The following year, the team won 2nd Place in the State.
He is a Past Commander American Legion Travis Post 76, where he has served as an officer for 28 years, having served as 1st Vice, 2nd Vice, Finance Officer, and Adjutant.
He was the 10th District Commander for the American Legion Department of Texas from 2008 until 2010. He started new Posts in Hutto and Cedar Park and was a Top 10 Commander both years.
He was the American Legion Department of Texas Treasurer from 2010 to 2016.
From 2012 until 2015, he was the Chairman of the Revenue Enhancement Committee for The American Legion. He now serves as the Chairman of the Media and Communications Commission.