I Walked With Walter

Working with Walter at Veeco, I experienced without question the best days of my life. I learned countless immeasurable lessons from him. I will always be grateful that he provided me with such wonderful opportunities. Thanks for the free MBA, Walter!
Bob Oates, former Executive Vice President of Data Storage at Veeco InstrumentsInstruments


Walter was the best business person I ever met. He always looked for whatever would result in a successful partnership or interaction. He asked a lot of questions, but people felt at ease with him, and he could always achieve his goals. When faced with a challenge, Walter knew exactly how to get things back on track. Walter was my mentor, and he’s still my friend. He truly cares about making things better.

— Jim Weldon, former Vice President of Business Development and Technology, Veeco Instruments


Thank you for being my partner during our great adventure at Veeco. You always believed that “no” was the start of the conversation, never the last word; that every obstacle was a challenge to overcome and develop to our advantage. It still amazes me to think that we successfully integrated eighteen new technology companies into our corporate structure.

Edward Braun, member of Board of Directors, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Veeco Instruments


I arrived from Honduras with only a suitcase full of dreams. But my wife and I worked very hard to save enough money to buy a house. We were the happiest people in the world … until we realized that we had misunderstood the terms of our mortgage. Making the monthly payments was a constant struggle. I was working as a boat mechanic when I met Mr. Walter. He was so kind and friendly and always asked how I was doing. “Everything’s fine,” I’d say, because I didn’t want him to think I would take advantage of our friendship by telling him my troubles. When I finally admitted that we might lose our house, he insisted on helping us refinance the mortgage. He also helped me start my own business, which he named “One Stop Marine.”  Mr. Walter Scherr, I thank you for your generosity and kindness. You are an angel who will forever live in our hearts.

— Elmer Avila