Walter F. Stevens, a retired food services manager for the Johns Hopkins University who led the state restaurant association, died of congestive heart failure Monday at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home. The Catonsville resident was 91.
Born in Baltimore and raised in southwestern Baltimore County's St. Denis neighborhood, he was a 1931 graduate of Catonsville High School. He married Grace M. Schultheis in 1937; they were married for 63 years.
As a young man, he had a fruit stall at Cross Street Market and co-owned Stevens' Restaurant on nearby Light Street. He then worked with his father managing the employee cafeteria at Davison Chemicals in Curtis Bay.
"He was a meat-and-potatoes man," said his daughter, Brenda Mayer Cornwell of Sykesville. "He liked nothing better than a crab cake or sour beef-and-dumpling dinner."
In 1955, Mr. Stevens was named food services manager for the university's Homewood campus and later held the same post at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Scaggsville. He also catered weddings before his 1977 retirement, then sold homes for Century 21 and became a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
From 1949 to 1950, he was president of the Maryland Restaurant Association and later led the Baltimore Area Executive Food Service Association. A Mason, he was a member of Palestine Lodge.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 905 Frederick Road, Catonsville, where he was a Sunday school superintendent and council member.
Survivors also include another daughter, Linda Ann Colby of San Diego; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.