Sad News - Rick Walter

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Jun 4, 2024, 9:58:45 PMJun 4
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To NAJVS and Jules Verne Forum Members (via Bcc):

 

It is with deep sadness I announce on behalf of his widow Barbara, the passing of noted Jules Verne enthusiast and translator Frederick Paul “Rick” Walter.  Here’s a link to his obituary:

 

              https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/frederick-paul-walter-obituary?id=55262427

 

As is our custom for notable members of the society that have passed away, I will collect any comments or memories from any NAJVS or JVF members would like to make with respect to Rick and they will be included in a future issue of our news magazine..

 

For myself, I recall first meeting Rick in person at our 1999 conference in Illinois, prior to that we had been in touch via the Jules Verne Forum and by email.  I told him then I very much enjoyed the work on updated translations he did with Walter James Miller on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1993) for the Naval Institute Press.  Later with Walter James Miller they did The Meteor Hunt (2006) for University of Nebraska Press.  On his own he also did great modern translations.  For SUNY Press in 2010 he gave us Amazing Journeys: Five Visionary Classics, which contained modern translations of: Journey to the Center of the Earth; From the Earth to the Moon; Circling the Moon; 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas; Around the World in 80 Days.  Then with SUNY Press in 2012, The Sphinx of the Ice Realm in its first complete English translation, which also included Edgar Allan Poe’s original story The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym that had inspired Jules Verne to write his sequel.  His last Verne translation was Five Weeks in a Balloon: A Journey of Discovery by Three Englishmen in Africa (Early Classics of Science Fiction) for Wesleyan University Press (2015).  If you’ve not read any of those editions, I highly recommend them.  Rick was active in our society, he served as part of the NAJVS executive board (Vice President from 2000 – 2008) and he put together the program for our annual meeting in 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  My last meeting with Rick was in 2022, I was headed to Colorado to see a high school there put on a performance of Jules Verne’s Journey Through the Impossible.  I was glad have a chance to connect with him one last time and I suspect his illness maybe what kept him from coming along to see the show.  Rick left behind a legacy of great work in the world of translating Jules Verne and his presence will be greatly missed.

 

-djk

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Swati

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Jun 4, 2024, 10:09:05 PMJun 4
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Oh! This is so sad! The Vernian word has lost an outstanding contributor. 

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William Butcher

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Jun 5, 2024, 2:13:49 AMJun 5
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A very great translator and a very good friend bill



Schulman, Peter

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Jun 5, 2024, 3:09:15 PMJun 5
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He was a real trooper. I loved working with him when I hosted the annual NAJVS meeting in Norfolk and will never forget the amazing meeting he hosted for us un New Mexico. A brilliant translator and artist too.

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Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd

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Jun 5, 2024, 3:58:23 PMJun 5
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Sad news indeed, I've always appreciated Rick's thoughtful contributions to the JVF. He will be missed.

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Garmt

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Jun 5, 2024, 6:32:15 PMJun 5
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Sad news indeed.

 

A great translator and a good friend.

 

Soon after I published my edition of 20,000 leagues, he self-deprecating introduced himself to me as the « rear half of the pantomime horse » that had produced the naval Institute press 20,000 leagues with walter miller. in fact I later realised that he did the bulk of the work. He advised me on quite a few editions after that, always knowledgeable and always discreet.

 

A scholar and a gentleman.

 

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Oh! This is so sad! The Vernian word has lost an outstanding contributor. 

Ron Miller

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Jun 6, 2024, 7:52:14 AMJun 6
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Sad news indeed.

My condolences to Rick's family and friends.

R



On Wed, 5 Jun, 2024 at 3:58 PM, Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd <garmtd...@gmail.com> wrote:
 
Sad news indeed, I've always appreciated Rick's thoughtful contributions to the JVF. He will be missed.

Best,
Garmt

On Wed, 5 Jun 2024 at 03:58, djk via Jules Verne Forum <jules-ve...@googlegroups.com> wrote:

To NAJVS and Jules Verne Forum Members (via Bcc):

 

It is with deep sadness I announce on behalf of his widow Barbara, the passing of noted Jules Verne enthusiast and translator Frederick Paul “Rick” Walter.  Here’s a link to his obituary:

 

              https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/frederick-paul-walter-obituary?id=55262427

 

As is our custom for notable members of the society that have passed away, I will collect any comments or memories from any NAJVS or JVF members would like to make with respect to Rick and they will be included in a future issue of our news magazine..

 

For myself, I recall first meeting Rick in person at our 1999 conference in Illinois, prior to that we had been in touch via the Jules Verne Forum and by email.  I told him then I very much enjoyed the work on updated translations he did with Walter James Miller on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1993) for the Naval Institute Press.  Later with Walter James Miller they did The Meteor Hunt (2006) for University of Nebraska Press.  On his own he also did great modern translations.  For SUNY Press in 2010 he gave us Amazing Journeys: Five Visionary Classics, which contained modern translations of: Journey to the Center of the Earth; From the Earth to the Moon; Circling the Moon; 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas; Around the World in 80 Days.  Then with SUNY Press in 2012, The Sphinx of the Ice Realm in its first complete English translation, which also included Edgar Allan Poe’s original story The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym that had inspired Jules Verne to write his sequel.  His last Verne translation was Five Weeks in a Balloon: A Journey of Discovery by Three Englishmen in Africa (Early Classics of Science Fiction) for Wesleyan University Press (2015).  If you’ve not read any of those editions, I highly recommend them.  Rick was active in our society, he served as part of the NAJVS executive board (Vice President from 2000 – 2008) and he put together the program for our annual meeting in 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  My last meeting with Rick was in 2022, I was headed to Colorado to see a high school there put on a performance of Jules Verne’s Journey Through the Impossible.  I was glad have a chance to connect with him one last time and I suspect his illness maybe what kept him from coming along to see the show.  Rick left behind a legacy of great work in the world of translating Jules Verne and his presence will be greatly missed.

 

-djk

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Alex Kirstukas

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Jun 6, 2024, 12:24:19 PMJun 6
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Very sad news, and an unexpected shock. If any one book changed my life, it was the 1993 Twenty Thousand Leagues that Rick did with Walter James Miller, laying out the whole problem of Victorian Verne translations and showing-by-example what a difference a modern translation could make. That book got me fascinated with Verne - and when I joined the Jules Verne Forum and started translating, there was Rick himself, emailing us all with boundless enthusiasm and encouraging words. A great Verne advocate, and a great soul. 




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Harpold, Terry Alan

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Jun 6, 2024, 1:01:35 PMJun 6
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A huge loss to the Vernian world; Rick was one of the old guard on this side of the pond.

 

All the NAJVS meetings I’ve attended have been great fun but the Albuquerque show was special. (It’s been sixteen years!)  

 

TH

 

Terry Harpold

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Director, Imagining Climate Change

Assistant Director, Astraeus Space Institute

 

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Jer Mastro

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For myself, Rick will forever be a part of the adventure and exploration of of the world - a wildly colored hot air balloon quietly taking us on a tour of the landscape to share his appreciation of Verne's world.

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