Robert E. Walsh ’55 died on April 25, 2009, in West Hartford, Connecticut.
He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on August 6, 1933, and prepared for college at the Loomis School. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. A James Bowdoin Scholar, he graduated cum laude and went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Yale University in 1956, a JD from the University of Connecticut Law School in 1962 and an LL.M from New York University Law School in 1963. While in law school, he taught high school in Connecticut, drafted contracts for Aetna Life Insurance Co. and worked as assistant clerk in the Court of Common Pleas. He taught law at the University of Connecticut Law School from 1963 to 1972 and served as an assistant attorney general from 1975 to 1989. For 13 years he was a Connecticut small claims and traffic magistrate, while maintaining a private law practice. He was a communicant of the Church of St. Timothy for 45 years. He volunteered his time with The Urban League and American Legion Baseball. He is survived his wife of 50 years, Barbara Czaplicki Walsh; a son, Robert E. Walsh Jr.; two daughters, Martha Kehoe and Monica Swanson; a twin brother, Richard A. Walsh; another brother, W. Kevin Walsh; and four grandchildren.