Walter "Bok" Read is running for reelection to Middletown Township Council in District 2, where he has served since 2018. He was born and raised in Middletown, giving him a valuable historical perspective. His parents, always active in the community, were among those behind the creation of Middletown Free Library, which began as a converted school bus turned bookmobile.
After retiring from teaching science at Penncrest High School for 18 of his 39 years as an educator, Bok tutored students in math in Chester for six years. He raised his four children with his wife, Karla Read, in the house that he and his father, a community leader, built themselves.
Beyond teaching, Bok has continued to pursue his passion for art and woodworking, becoming a renowned furniture maker. This is evident in the two houses he has built, which contain his custom pieces of furniture and cabinetry, and the fine art furniture he exhibits. His backyard still houses the 25-foot-tall Eiffel Tower Sculpture he created out of cedar for the Media Arts Council to display on Veteran’s Square during Media’s 2013 Bastille Day celebration.
His education began at the Roosevelt School, then Lima Middle School, and Penncrest High School. After graduating from Haverford College, he went to Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, where he earned a master’s in physical chemistry.
Bok’s lifelong interests in education, teaching science and math; coaching soccer and basketball; and building custom furniture using organic wood, come together in service to the community. In Middletown, these interests and a bent toward activism drive Bok’s continuing energy and dedication to make things better and more equitable for all.
His experience as a teacher has convinced Bok that all people are intelligent and will respond to an honest, respectful presentation of ideas. He believes that every group of people can find common ground, and this is the collaborative approach he takes with his service to our community.
Bok is truly committed to sustainable living in Middletown. He would like to see Middletown take steps toward becoming a zero-waste community, use more renewable energy, and continue to preserve open space. He remains optimistic that the residents of Middletown have the commitment and drive to do so.