Walter Winius, Jr. was born on August 13, 1928, in Memphis, TN. During his childhood days the family, Walter Winius Sr., mother, Fannie Mae Pierce Winius and sister Carolyn, lived in various cities in the Midwest as his father was serving in various positions with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Stability arrived in 1942 when the family moved to New Orleans, LA. While there, Walt attended the Isadore Newman School through high school graduation.
Walt attended the University of North Carolina where he was a proud Tar Heel playing both football and lacrosse. He graduated with a degree in business. Following college and the ROTC, Walt joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict serving as a Captain.
After his discharge Walt moved to St. Louis, MO and worked for the Equitable Corporation where he began his career in real estate and appraisal. At this time, he also received his MBA degree from George Washington University. His work with Equitable led him to an assignment in Phoenix where he moved a short time later in 1959.
Walt’s arrival in Phoenix heralded his rise in the commercial real estate appraisal profession. He was well-known and respected in the real estate community; he was the Senior Managing Director of Integra Realty Resources Phoenix as well as that firm’s most notable predecessor Winius Montandon.
Walt was one of the founding members of the Lambda Alpha International-Phoenix Chapter, an Honorary Land Economics Society, and has also served as its President. He has also served as National President of the Appraisal Institute, was active on several Urban Land Institute committees and served as President of the Council for Design Excellence for the School of Architecture at Arizona State University.
Walt had a passion for travel and art; he travelled to over 100 countries and amassed an amazing collection of art, antiques, and stories from around the world.
One of Walt’s most proud achievements was serving as one of the four Chartering Founders of Boy Scout Troop 441 at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley in 1960. Walt was an Eagle Scout and Troop 441 has produced over 260 Eagle Scouts in its 63-year history.
With this history in mind, we ask that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Walt’s name to Troop 441, you may make the donation in one of the following ways:
1). Via PayPal: to Troop 441 Grand Canyon Council at Troop441gcc@gmail.com
2). Via Venmo: to @Scott-Birmingham-2 (Last four digits of phone number: 4787)
3). Via Check: payable to – Troop441.
Send to: Scott Birmingham, 4451 E. Horseshoe Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85028. Thank you very much.
Walt passed away on July 10, 2023, and was preceded in death by his daughter Andrea Winius and is survived by his daughter Angela Winius, his son Walter “Tres” Winius, III and his wife Beata and son Pierce.
A Memorial Service will be held at Valley Presbyterian Church on Friday July 21 st at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow. Godspeed Walt, you are missed.