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Walter Herman Breyer

July 3, 1940 ~ October 14, 2021 (age 81)


Walter Herman Breyer, 81, of Dahlonega, GA, formerly of Wallingford, PA, died on October 14th, 2021 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on July 3rd, 1940 in Montclair, NJ, and is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Kay Marie Breyer, and his parents, Herman and Martha Breyer.  He is survived by his daughters, Dawn Ann Breyer, Penny Elizabeth Blackwell and Wendy Ann Breyer, his sons-in-law Al Pinelli, James Blackwell and Robert Ryan, his grandson Matthew Blackwell, his sisters, Joan Dixon and Susan Breyer, his two cats, Simon & Nala, and his beloved dog and constant companion, Wilson.  

Walt grew up in Bloomfield, NJ and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Chemical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) in 1962.  He earned his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1967 and bought himself a 1967 Pontiac Firebird to celebrate. He worked in Research & Development for Scott Paper Co. and Kimberly-Clark Inc. for over 25 years. He helped found the Antique Telescope Society, serving as Executive Secretary and organizing many conferences and telescope observatory tours. He spent countless hours with the Kiwanis Club of Dahlonega in service to his community. Walt was passionate about sports and was a diehard Philadelphia Flyers, Eagles and Phillies fan & long time season ticket holder, often traveling back to attend games in person. He liked nothing better than a nice dinner out with friends and loved ones, where he could regale them with amusing anecdotes about his adventures. He enjoyed going to Europe on self-designed trips, including making a visit to his father’s birthplace in Konigsburg with his sisters and multiple tours of the United Kingdom. 

Walt will be interred at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, NJ.  A memorial service will be held for him at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to either Doctors Without Borders ( or Georgia Mountain Food Bank (

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