The Life of Thomas F Walsh

Thomas Walsh, 80, School of Architecture

Thomas F. Walsh, who taught in the School of Architecture for 24 years, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, of heart disease at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country. He was 80.

Walsh came to the University in 1972 as an assistant professor, teaching construction and materials specifications and professional practice. He was named affiliate associate professor in 1985 and retired in 1996.

Born in Philadelphia, Walsh served in the Army during World War II and studied at Chicago’s New Bauhaus (now part of the Illinois Institute of Technology), later working for the Chicago Park District and heading the specifications department at A. Epstein & Sons Inc.

He was a former president of both the St. Louis and Chicago chapters of the Construction Specifications Institute. In 1969, he co-authored the American Institute of Architects’ widely influential MASTERSPEC specification system.

Walsh is survived by his wife, Miriam Sternman Walsh, of University City, Mo.; a daughter, Killian Christine Walsh, of Chicago; a son, David Horter Walsh, of New York City; and a sister, Christine Gilleran Gray, of Scranton, Pa.

A private funeral service was held at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.


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