Former Teacher Dies At 66
Made Science Fun For His Students
By FULVIO CATIVO
July 27, 2007
"He was tireless," said Ted Bachman, who knew Landgraf for about 40 years. Bachman, finance chairman for the Barkhamsted Historical Society, moved to town in 1967. Not long after that, he met Landgraf - a respected biology teacher and historian known for informing town residents about Barkhamsted's history.
Landgraf was traveling in Nova Scotia with his wife to attend a musical festival when he died, friends said. He was 66.
"This is such a shock because Walter was the last person anybody thought this might happen to," said Bachman.
For more than 30 years, Landgraf was a biology teacher at Northwestern Regional School District No. 7's high school. Friends and colleagues said Landgraf made science exciting for his students, passing along his zeal for nature and curiosity about his town and environment.
Shirley Coffin, a friend of Landgraf's and vice president of the town's historical society, said Landgraf taught her children in high school more than 25 years ago. She said Landgraf will be remembered as an "influential" and "likeable" member of the town's community.
Landgraf was instrumental in the restoration of Squires Tavern, a local historical landmark dating back to the 1700s, and also in reopening the Stone Museum in Peoples State Forest in 1993. The forest would become the site of many of his lectures, hikes and programs organized to teach others about nature. Several years back, a trail in the forest was named after him. Landgraf was also an integral part of the restoration efforts of Beckley Furnace in Canaan, a landmark of the Northwest corner's industrial roots.
A funeral will be held Wednesday. A public memorial service will be held Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of Northwestern Regional high school in Winsted. [100 Battistoni Drive]
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