Robert (Bob) Walser, born October 24, 1921 was a native of Mankato, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota. At the breakout of WW2, he joined the Marine Corps was and qualified to be a B-25 navigator- bombardier in the first commissioned squadron of Marine Air Group VMB-413 (PBJ/B 25/plane #29) nicked named the “Lucky 13”. The squadron was based on Sterling Island, Munda, and Emirau in the South Pacific.
Upon discharge, Bob was accepted into the first training program at Merrill Lynch in New York. With Merrill, he transferred to several locations, returning to New York in the Investment Banking Department specializing in municipal bonds for fixed income clients. Bob was afforded and accepted the opportunity to run a multi-state municipal bond operation based in Greensboro, NC. He was glad to return to NC as he had been stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. There he experienced the generous hospitality from families extended to GI's during wartime.
It was in Greensboro where he met and married Judith (Judy) Campbell and before long they were parents of 3 boys and 2 girls. Upon reorganization of the Bond Region of Merrill Lynch, the Walser family relocated to the D.C. area, and Bob joined the Washington. D.C. branch of Merrill. The family found a beautiful home and community in Potomac, MD. Bob and Judy stayed in Potomac where they raised their children, played golf, bridge and tennis and were active members of their Catholic community. Bob retired from investment banking in 1985 after a 41-year career with Merrill Lynch. In 2009 Bob and Judy joined the family at Ingleside at King Farm to more fully enjoy their retirement years.
Bob passed away on September 24, 2021 surrounded by his wife, five children and 10 grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife Judy, his five children Anne Rosenbaum (Gary Rosenbaum), Robert Walser (Allison Kofoet Walser), Helen Walser (Terry Alexander), Stephen Walser and Martin Walser (Kelly Sietz Walser), his 10 grandchildren, Logan, Paul, Evan, Sarah, Brady, Noah, Henry, Diana, Veronica and Lucas and his brother Roger Walser and his sister Helen Love.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Catholic Charities, the Little Sisters of the Poor, or Potomac Community Resources.
Service information to be announced.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington
924 G Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
Little Sisters of the Poor
4200 Harewood Rd NE, DC 20017
Potomac Community Resources
9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac MD 20854