Professionally, Walt had that rare ability to take complex compliance issues and make them approachable. He was a huge fan of the PCI process, which meant that he felt the obligation to point out its flaws or its inconsistencies.
Personally, I've never met someone who was as personable, intelligent and just plain nice as Walt. He will be missed far more than any words can convey.
His family has set up a fund in his memory with Episcopal Community Services, the largest provider of homeless services in San Francisco. Walt was president of the board for some years and a major supporter of their Chef's program which trains homeless people to work in professional kitchens. Donations can be made to the Walter T. Conway, Jr. Fund at ECS, on-line at www.ecs-sf.org or by mail at Episcopal Community Services, 165 Eighth Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.
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