Walter was an adoring husband of 23 years to the love of his life, his "Queenie" Jackie, and proud father of his five children. He passed after a brief illness on Saturday, December 9, 2017, surrounded by his family.
A nationally respected pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Walter practiced medicine until 72 years old. He practiced in Lynn, Mass., for over 35 years and rounded out his career in Tennessee. He served as Chief of Pediatrics at North Shore Children's Hospital, Lynn Hospital and Union Hospital. He was active in the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatrics, and made remarkable strides in legislation for pediatric mental health and expanding healthcare coverage for children.
Walter loved the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots, chocolate pudding, and his family with the joie d'vivre of a large child exploring the world for the first time. He loved Jewish learning, and was active in his Jewish communities and synagogues in both Peabody and Nashville. He served in Brotherhood, B'nai Brith, and as Ritual Chairman for Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, Mass.
He is survived by his wife, Jacalyn Harrison; children, Lisa Austin, Michael and Peggy Harrison, Daniel Harrison, Nick and Val Kaplan, and Shana and Alex Beach; brother Andrew and Adrienne Harrison; grandchildren, Molly and Jake Harrison, Pierce and Amelia Rose Kaplan, and Gabby and Sam Beach; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Jean Harrison of Dartmouth, N.H.
As a man who believed in giving thanks every day both for what you do have and for what you don't have the family requests contributions in Walter's memory to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Shiva will be held at his daughter Lisa's home in Danvers, Mass., from Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Published on December 13, 2017