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In Memory of

James G. Walsh

July 2, 1928 - May 1, 2012

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James Gerard Walsh, known to many as Jim, Coach or Papa, beloved husband to Betty Walsh of 46 years, died peacefully on May 1st surrounded by his six children. Born on July 2, 1928, Jim grew up in Newark, NJ, and excelled in all sports, leading Newark Central High to a state basketball championship in 1948. Jim played basketball at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, winning the Gulf States Division championship for the first time in school history his senior year. After serving 4 years in the Navy achieving rank of Lieutenant Commander, Jim...

James Gerard Walsh, known to many as Jim, Coach or Papa, beloved husband to Betty Walsh of 46 years, died peacefully on May 1st surrounded by his six children. Born on July 2, 1928, Jim grew up in Newark, NJ, and excelled in all sports, leading Newark Central High to a state basketball championship in 1948. Jim played basketball at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, winning the Gulf States Division championship for the first time in school history his senior year. After serving 4 years in the Navy achieving rank of Lieutenant Commander, Jim moved to Dallas to begin his 47-year career at Jesuit College Preparatory School as the varsity basketball coach and history teacher. In 1966 Jim became Athletic Director and served as President of the Texas Inter-Scholastic League (TCIL). He assumed the role of VP-Development/Assistant to the President in 1970, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Of his many accomplishments during his tenure at Jesuit, Jim will forever be recognized for his role in the creation of the Jesuit Foundation. Founded in 1965 to provide scholarships to students requiring financial assistance to attend Jesuit, the Foundation currently manages $31 million in assets and materially affects the lives of 260 young men each year. Jim served as President of the Foundation and a member of the board of trustees for nearly 40 years. Since settling in Dallas in 1956, Jim has been an active leader in various Catholic and civic organizations, including The Dallas Catholic Foundation, Dallas Kidney Foundation, Southwest Organ Bank, American Federation for the Blind, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and National Council on Planned Giving (NCPG). He was a member of several educational boards, including Jesuit, Saint Monica, St Anthony and The Pines Catholic Camp. For 33 years Jim served as the North Texas US Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer, recruiting and counseling local young men and woman interested in pursuing admission to the Academy. After retiring in 1988, Jim had combined 37 years active and reserve service to the US Navy. Jim was also an accomplished businessman, founding the Jim Walsh Company (a real estate brokerage firm), as well as serving on the Collin County Board of Realtors, Forestwood National Bank and North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. From 2003-2008, Jim was development advisor at John Paul II High School, supporting the early fundraising efforts which were pivotal to the economic foundation of the school. In 1993 Jim was the recipient of the Monsignor McGill Award from the Dallas Catholic Foundation for his service to the Dallas Diocese and in 2003 he received the Patrick H. Koch Man of the Year Award from the Jesuit Foundation for his advancement of the Jesuit community in Dallas. For over a half century Jim served in many official and unofficial roles at Jesuit and within the Catholic community, serving selflessly and humbly, always deflecting credit and recognition; his personal impact and contribution is an immeasurable loss. Jim is preceded by his loving wife Betty, and survived by his son Patrick and wife Andy; daughter Peggy and husband Jess Johnson; daughter Kelly and husband David Griffin; son Kevin and fiancée Laura Mawhinney; son Danny and wife Julie; daughter Betsy and husband Frank Guidone; sister Mary Jane O'Brien; and fiancée Barbara Brice. Papa is survived by his 14 grandchildren, Jennifer and Matthew Walsh; Jessica (Johnson) Lipes and Justin Johnson; Ryan, Molly, Charlie and Mac Griffin; Kristi and Kenny Walsh; Frankie, Nicki, Gina and Joey Guidone; and great-grandchild Caden Walsh. Rosary services will be held at St Rita Catholic Church (12521 Inwood Road, Dallas) at 7:30 PM Sunday May 6th, with funeral services and reception held at St Rita Monday at 11 AM. Interment will follow reception at Calvary Hill Cemetery (3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas) with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the "Jesuit Foundation/Betty & Jim Walsh Scholarship Fund" at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (12345 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX, 75244).