Van Cott II, Waldemar, born May 14, 1924 in NYC. Moved CA in 1930. At 16, he attended Williston Academy in Mass. Navy 1943-1945. Back to prep school one year then at Purdue University; he was collegiate wrestling champ and acted in plays, was elected into Who’s Who in American Colleges 1949, then small parts in 20 movies.
Employed at Douglas Aircraft 37 years; taught evening classes at OCC & LBCC; on the Huntington Bch. Personnel Commission for 21 years. He and his wife Louise met and married in Fort Walton Bch., FL where Douglas worked on missile tests at Eglin AFB. The family moved to Santa Monica, CA in 1963; then Hunt. Bch., CA in 1965.
Gregarious and well loved to the end, Wally passed away July 12, 2012. He was predeceased by his father, Daire Van Cott; brother, Peter Van Cott; and mother, Bard Heywood Letts. Survived by his wife, Louise; son, Waldemar Van Cott III; daughter, Ann, her husband Steve; grandson, Cole Gnadt; and niece, Schuyler Field. A private “Celebration of Life” will be held at Sherman Gardens.
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