9/20/2013 3:17:00 AM All Saints teacher, coach 'retires' after 50 years of service
Catholic Sentinel photo by Clarice Keating
Walter Shepard, longtime All Saints teacher and coach, and lifelong parishioner.
Walter Shepard has been walking the halls of All Saints School since 1944, when he entered as a first grader.
Known fondly as “Wally” or “Mr. Shepard,” depending on whom you ask in the All Saints School and Parish community, the 1952 graduate has coached and taught here for generations.
He is technically retired now, teaching only when needed, but the parish icon has never been able to stay away for long. Though Shepard travels and golfs more than he used to, he can still often be found at his desk on the third floor, his "home away from home." “No matter who you talk to in the All Saints School and Parish community, everyone knows and loves Wally Shepard,” said Danielle Wallace, parishioner and parent to an All Saints student.
Shepard will be honored during All Saint’s annual Fund Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17. Tickets are $25, and can be obtained by contacting the school at 503-236-6205. Portland’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood has always been home to Shepard. Born in 1938, he grew up on Northeast Royal Court, just two blocks from All Saints. He and his two older siblings, John and Helen, attended All Saints School and his family attended Mass at the parish. While he was a student at All Saints, Shepard earned high marks. He enjoyed history, and played football, basketball, softball and ran track for the Catholic Youth Organization.
Shepard started coaching at All Saints while he was a student at Central Catholic High School. After graduating from Central in 1956, he went on to earn a teaching degree from University of Portland, and returned to work at his childhood school soon after his 1963 graduation.
Shepard taught eighth-grade health and middle school physical education. He was also athletic director and a coach.
“[Shepard] has had a profound impact on everyone who has worked with him, or been taught or coached by him, or who has worshipped with him,” Wallace said. “He is a spiritual man, a dedicated man, and some have even said a ‘saintly’ man.”