He was devoted to his profession, but Dr. Walter Edward Bundy Jr.'s love for his family was paramount.
Dr. Bundy, who lived in Richmond, was a pediatrician and a professor at the Medical College of Virginia. He founded Pediatric Associates of Richmond. He died Friday. He was 91.
After a private interment, a memorial service will be held today, Wednesday, at 11:30 a.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., where he served as a deacon.
Dr. Bundy wanted to be a doctor from his childhood during the Great Depression years in Minden, W.Va., where his father was physician for the New River and Consolidated Coal Co.
Dr. Bundy's father was a 1907 MCV graduate, and Dr. Bundy graduated from there 38 years later. A son and a grandson would also earn their medical degrees at MCV.
Dr. Bundy's son, Dr. Walter Edward Bundy III, said that for years he resisted following his father's career path.
"I always thought, 'I'll never be a doctor — Dad works so hard and such long hours.' But eventually I realized it was great work."
The son's decision to become a doctor could also be a product of the father's impeccable timing. The son was working a summer job with an oil company, painting the inside of a pipeline in the stifling heat.
"One day he took me with him downtown to make his rounds," said Bundy III. "I could see how much he cared, what a great challenge his work was, how excited he was. ... I thought, 'This is a wonderful thing to do.'
"It was sure better than painting the inside of a pipeline."
Before Dr. Bundy studied at MCV, he graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. In 1952, he started Pediatric Associates of Richmond. Among his earliest colleagues there was Dr. William Curry, who had been a student of his at MCV. At one time, they were the only two doctors in the practice.
The practice continues 59 years later at two offices, on Three Chopt Road and on Atlee Road in Hanover County. Curry, 70, is one of 13 doctors with the organization, and there are four nurse practitioners.
Curry said Dr. Bundy was a favorite of his students, who would later bring their children to him for treatment and would seek to practice with him.
"He was easygoing, very magnetic," said Curry. "He had a natural way of calming the fears of parents — in his office or on the phone. His tone of voice was very reassuring."
He could also be a demanding professor. Dr. Bundy's son recalled that his father once won an annual award given by MCV students to a professor who is extremely tough. The next year, students voted Dr. Bundy the "Good Guy Award," which he had promised his son he would win.
He would later receive a lifetime achievement award from MCV and would be honored by the establishment of the Walter E. Bundy Jr. Professorship in Community Pediatrics, which was started with seed money from a former student.
His son recalled times when his father would serve clinics specializing in treatment of polio and rheumatic fever across the state.
"He would be gone for a week at a time," said the son. "But, even then, you always knew Dad was there for you and loved you." He said his father's devotion to his wife of 66 years, Jane Callison Bundy, was boundless.
"When he was home, he was always with her," the son said. "He told her how pretty she was, he asked to help, he talked with her.
"It was a great example. That was the way he taught us."
In addition to his wife and son, survivors include a daughter, Jo Carter B. Hall of Nottoway County; two other sons, Mark C. Bundy of Cape Charles and David S. Bundy of Ocracoke, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.