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Dr. Walter Louis Geyer, Jr. (Alpha Tau) 1933-2017

On the afternoon of February 2, 2017, Dr. Walter L. Geyer II passed away in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Geyer, also known to many nieces and nephew as Uncle Walter, was 83 years old. Dr. Geyer was preceded in death by his Father Walter L. Geyer Senior, Mother Anna Heinisch Geyer, Sister Anna Marie Geyer McMahon, and Sister Margaret Geyer Hoffman. Dr. Geyer is survived by Wife Elizabeth Bailey Geyer, Brother-in-Law Edwin A. Bailey II, Nieces; Susan Louise Hall, Nancy Carolyn Shanahan, Marilyn Anne Chappell, Barbara Jean Johnson, Brittany Bailey Renner, and Nephew Edwin A. Bailey III.

A proud San Antonian, Dr. Geyer was born November 20, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas of German Decent. After High School, In 1955 Dr. Geyer went on to graduate The United States Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. with the status of U.S. navy Musician First Class E-6. He then achieved a Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Texas at Austin in 1961, a Master of Music Degree at the University of Michigan in 1966, and finally a Doctor of Education Degree in 1982 with Dissertation, Developing an Instrumental Music Program to Increase Aesthetic Perception. He was a Fraternal member of Phi Mu Alpha (music), Kappa Kappa Psi (band), Phi Delta Kappa (education), Phi Sigma Kappa (social), an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the Honorary Music Fraternity of which wife Elizabeth and niece Marilyn belong to, and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and Hella Temple Shrine.

Dr. Geyer was an accomplished, talented, and passionate musician who chose to teach and pass on his love for music. He taught at many schools as a beloved music teacher and band director to his students. Probably with his most memorable positions being Assistant Band Director and Instructor at The University of Texas at El Paso, 1967-1973 and later a part of Dallas I.S.D. school system. He was awarded with the Blanton Elementary School PTA Yearbook Dedication Award, 1992-1993 and Runyon Special Teaching Award for dedicated Service, 1994-1995.

Not only did he share the love of music with his students but with his nieces and nephew as well. Although Dr. and Mrs. Geyer did not have children, Uncle Walter was very fond of his nieces and nephew and treated them as his own children loving them the same. He will be severely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Service will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1:45 PM at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

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