In Memory of Walter J. Crain Jr.
In Memory of Walter J. Crain Jr.

It is with great sadness that we write to inform the community of the passing of Walter J. Crain Jr., a long-time faculty member and a much-loved friend and colleague, late Monday, March 27.

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Walter joined the Hotchkiss community in the mid-1960s as a teacher in the Greater Opportunity (GO) program, which helped disadvantaged students from urban schools prepare for secondary school and college. In 1970, Walter joined the Hotchkiss faculty full-time as a teacher of math and a coach, roles in which he won the respect and appreciation of generations of students. Over the span of his Hotchkiss career, Walter coached boys thirds basketball, cross country and track, and girls varsity basketball. Walter later served as dean of students from 1983-1999, and was admired for his patience, dedication, and calm. He was the first full-time African-American faculty member at Hotchkiss. He retired in 2003.

Walter is survived by his sons, Jay and Roger '86, his daughter, Adrienne C. Dedjinou '89, daughters-in-law, Sherry and Maggie (an Associate Director of Admission at Hotchkiss), and his eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Tessie.

Our heartfelt condolences go to the Crain family.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Walter may be directed to: The Walter J. Crain Jr. P '86,'89 Scholarship, The Hotchkiss School, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039. The scholarship was initiated by alumni, faculty members, and parents, and established in honor of a great educator and his 33 years of service to The Hotchkiss School. It serves as a lasting tribute to his shining example of quiet strength, courage, and commitment.