About Walter W. Mock, Sr.
Walter W. Mock, Sr., for whom the Park is named, was born in Allentown on March 19, 1893. He worked his way through Muhlenberg College, earning a Bachelor's degree, and subsequently earned two advanced degrees from New York University. He developed a process for manufacturing ink for which he held patents and was a principal in a company that supplied ink to customers, including Triangle Publishing, owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A resident of New Jersey, he purchased the Mock House in 1935 to have a second home in the area where both he and his wife had grown up. The house had minimal electricity, no central heating, and unfinished interior walls when he acquired it. He began the improvements making it the showcase it is today, improvements which were completed by his son, Walter, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Mock. Jacqueline Mock's generosity made the Township's acquisition of the Park possible.
Walter W. Mock Sr. died on March 10, 1955, by which time, through sales and acquisitions, his original ink manufacturing company had expanded to become IN-TAG. After his death, a colleague at that company wrote the attached letter to Walter Mock's widow Marie and son Walter, known as Willis.
The letter is a testament of his kindness as well as to his capabilities
I can’t tell you how sorry I am that Walter is no more. I had a respect and admiration for Walter that I had for no other man.
He was kind; I never heard him speak ill of any one, even when he might have been justified in doing so.
He was gentle; he never hurt a soul so far as I know. The way he carried Skippy in his arms on the old dog’s last trip t the farm was typical of him.
He was helpful and patient. He was a Christian in the truest sense of the word.
He was capable and resourceful. I believe that IN-TAG is where it is today because of him.
He was modest and unassuming. He never shoved people around to show how important he was. There are not many men like Walter. In a way, I feel he was representative of a fast disappearing type- A gentleman.
He was gracious and willing in his own inimitable way.
He never knew, I guess, how much I thought of him. We don’t usually assemble out thoughts about a person and express them until he is gone.
Anyway, I want you and Willis to know this. There are tears in my eyes as I say good-bye to the finest man I ever knew.
I hope that God, whom he trusted, will give you the courage to go on- to go on without the strength of his arm, the wisdom of his mind and the goodness of his heart.
Yours in deepest sorrow,