In Memoriam: Wally Dickerman (03/23/2016)
from the AAW website:
For Wally Dickerman, woodturning was a wonderful lifelong journey. A self-taught turner, he bought his first lathe in 1936 at the tender age of 15, after figuring out how to turn a bowl on the Oliver lathe in his high school shop. Wally served in the Navy before beginning a career in the wholesale sporting goods business, and raising a family. Throughout those busy years he continued to turn, but it wasn't until he retired in 1986 that he was able to give the lathe his full attention. Shortly thereafter, Wally became a full-time woodturner and started teaching, demonstrating, and regularly selling his work through galleries. He taught more than 500 students, mostly beginners, and believed in the value of quality in-person turning instruction. Over the years he attended many symposiums, learning a great deal plus making many lasting friendships, and seeing other parts of the country. He belonged to Cascade Woodturners Association in Portland, Oregon, and Southern Arizona Woodturners in Tuscon, Arizona. Wally was married to his wife Jane for more than 70 years.They lived in Portland, Oregon. Read Wally's 30th Anniversary Profile.
There’s also a history of Wally Dickerman at Woodturners Unlimited: