A great mind and even greater individual: Dr. John Walsh leaves a legacy of respect and appreciation

Apr 29th, 2013

By Jackey Locke

Dr. John Walsh
A great mind and even greater individual: Dr. John Walsh leaves a legacy of respect and appreciation

This past February, Dr. John Walsh, a professor emeritus of Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away. Dr. Walsh taught electrical engineering at Memorial between 1972 and 1996, and those who knew him and worked with him will forever remember him for his tremendous intellect, his teaching excellence and his exceptional contributions to engineering research.

Dr. Eric Gill, an electrical engineering professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial knew Dr. Walsh for approximately 26 years. Dr. Walsh was his supervisor during his master’s and PhD programs and during and since that time, he and Dr. Walsh collaborated very closely and wrote many publications together. Dr. Gill is saddened by his passing but grateful to have known and learned from this extraordinary individual.

“He was a researcher, mentor, teacher, colleague and friend. Anyone who had the good fortune of working under his supervision counted it a pleasure and quite an honour. He provided so much on which to build. The ongoing research at Memorial University in the fields of fundamental and applied electromagnetics, in particular the efforts on surface wave radar, is a testament to his desire to see the success of those willing to pursue the work. He will be terribly missed by so many,” said Dr. Gill.

Dr. John Walsh's distinguished career as an electromagnetics engineer began on the day he completed his electrical engineering studies in 1966 from Memorial University of Newfoundland. At the time of his graduation, he also received the Award of Excellence from the Association of Professional Engineers of Newfoundland.

Dr. Walsh went on to receive B.Eng. (Hons.) and PhD degrees from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and the University of Calgary, respectively. After teaching at Concordia University for two years, Dr. Walsh returned to Newfoundland to assume a faculty position at Memorial, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

Throughout his career, Dr. Walsh held many titles. In addition to being an engineering professor at Memorial, he was also an adjunct professor in electrical engineering at the University of Victoria; technical director of the Remote Sensing Group at the Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering (C-CORE); founding chairman of Northern Radar Systems Limited (NRSL), now Northern Radar Incorporated (NRI); vice-president, Technical of NRI and honorary research professor, Memorial University. Up until his death, Dr. Walsh held the titles of professor emeritus at Memorial University and vice-president, Technical with NRI.

Dr. Walsh's past accomplishments in association with Memorial University, C-CORE and NRI speak for themselves and his many peer-reviewed publications are indicative of the quality and depth his work continues to command internationally. Those who had the pleasure of knowing and learning from him will miss him, but his legacy will continue to have far-reaching impact.

To read more on Dr. Walsh’s renowned career, please go to: www.mun.ca/engineering/about/people/johnwalsh.php



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