Wilfred Bill Walker
, a longtime D.C. resident who is credited with helping to establish a Gay social scene in Georgetown in the early 1960s, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at George Washington University Hospital from complications associated with leukemia, according to his
friend Parker Hallberg.He
was 77 years old.
Hallberg said Walker worked for many years as a master printer at the Todd-Allen Printing Company in Beltsville, Md. In 1995, Walker
partner, Victor G. Canlas, opened a small shop on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown called The Quick Stop.Walker
worked at the store until he
was hospitalized for his
illness on March 22, Hollberg said.Walker
was a native of Pennsylvania.He
served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II and moved to D.C. shortly after the war, Hallberg said.In the early 1960s, Walker
then-partner, Ken Herald, bought a house in Georgetown and quickly established themselves as a hub in Washington's Gay social circles, according to Hallberg.
As a couple, Ken and Bill cut quite an important figure in Washington's ‘Gay Society, in the 1950s and 1960s, Hollberg said.Their dinner parties and especially their annual Christmas dinners were legendary..
served as a volunteer for the Whitman-Walker Clinic in the 1970s and was a member of the local D.C. group Asians and Friends.He
is survived by his
partner, Victor Canlas, and by a niece in Pennsylvania.