The Norman Transcript


October 5, 2013

Walter F. Scheffer



He was appointed a Regents’ Professor of Political Science in 1978. He edited and co-authored several books and published articles in professional journals and chapters in books on public administration. He served on the board of the American Society for Public Administration and was the institutional representative to the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for many years.

He served a term as president of the Oklahoma Political Science Association and the state chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He was listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the Southwest.

Despite all these accolades and accomplishments, Walter’s real legacy is captured in the memories of his many students and professional colleagues who appreciated his keen intellect, his kind and generous spirit and his dry sense of humor. He was always delighted to hear from former students and maintained his friendships with colleagues after his retirement in 1986 after 35 years at OU.

Walter fulfilled a dream for Barbara in these later years when they bought a second home in Florida where they enjoyed ocean-side living for several months annually, with family and friends visiting. Barbara contracted polio in 1953 and had used a wheelchair ever since. She could not have met this profound challenge without the unwavering love and support of Walter.

After Barbara’s death in 1995, Walter was blessed to experience a loving union once more with his marriage in 1997 to another exceptional woman, Dolores Abraham.

Their romance was sparked when Walter happened to attend the annual Kentucky Derby party hosted by Dolores and her son and daughter-in-law. Walter’s more reserved nature was complemented by Dolores’ outgoing personality.

They enjoyed travel, mutual friendships, entertaining and experiencing the simple joys of everyday life such as sitting in their sun porch appreciating their beautiful backyard. Walter regularly attended Norman Lions Club where he had been a member for several decades, as well as a luncheon club of friends retired from the Department of Political Science at OU.

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