He also donated smaller sums of $400,000 to various non-profit organizations, including a Catholic mission where his best friend worked.
"When Walters retired, he evidently retired from the world of material comforts. He didn't have a car.
"He just gave up all of the material things that we think we have to have," Belle says. "You know, I don't know how we gauge happiness. What's happy for you might not be happy for me. I never heard him complain."Evidently, among his few possessions was a radio. Hence those announcements listeners hear now and again on NPR stations."
"Belle stayed with Walters when he was ill. She became his nurse and ultimately the executor of his estate — as well as one of the beneficiaries — despite fundamental differences between them.I really love seeing stuff like this, but especially when it involves an atheist. It's only more proof that you don't need to be religious to be a good, charitable, self sacrificing human being.
"He was an atheist and I'm a very profound practicing Catholic, and I'd never met an atheist," Belle says. "And that just blew my mind that somebody could not believe in the Lord.""
And an extra special bonus? He was a Purdue alumnus! Go Boilermakers for producing the occasional awesome person.