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Walter "Skip" Cornelison Jr. '55 March 30, 2017 9:36 AM updated: March 30, 2017 9:43 AM

6100 NORTH LAMAR, AUSTIN, TX 78752 | 512-454-5611

Walter Clifton Cornelison Jr.
September 18, 1933 - November 25, 2016

Walter "Skip" Clifton Cornelison, Jr.

Walter "Skip" Clifton Cornelison, Jr. passed away in his sleep on November 25, 2016 at the age of 83 at his home in Austin, Texas.

Skip was born and reared in Hawkins, Texas. He attended East Texas State College at the age of 16 for two years, transferring to and graduating from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Texas A & M University) with a BA in Mathematics and a Second Lieutenant commission (USAF) in 1955. Skip trained in the T-28, T-33, T-34,
F-84 and F-100 aircrafts. He flew combat in the F-100 in Vietnam from 1964 to 1965. Skip heroically served his country throughout the world. He was stationed in Germany, England, Italy, Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, Korea, Philippines, Libya and Turkey. In 1976, he retired with over 3000 F-100 flight hours after 20 years of service at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas.

Sadly, Skip's wife of 23 years, Betty Jane Cornelison, was killed in a auto accident in 1978 while Skip was in a Doctoral program at the University of Texas. Skip began teaching Accounting in 1979 at Austin Community College retiring as a Professor of Accounting in 2001. Skip married Martha A. Stewart in 1990. Skip and Martha lived in Austin, Texas and spent many summers at a family cabin in Colorado and traveled together throughout the United States.

Skip is survived by his children, Michael Cornelison, Clifton Cornelison, and George-Anne Cornelison; his sister, Genevieve Richardson, her children, Charles W. Richardson, Jimmy Richardson, and Thomas Richardson; and two nephews by his eldest sister, Jacqueline, Robert Hinton and Mike Hinton. He is also survived by his wife Martha and her children, John Hurley, Robert Stewart and Michael Stewart. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews.

Skip was an old fashion gentleman and was deeply loved by his family and respected by his friends and colleagues. In the words of one of his beloved granddaughters; "He was a genius, a war hero, a Father and my Grandfather. His strength, courage, and love are things I will aspire to everyday."

Skip will be truly missed.

"Skip's request was that his services to be private."

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