Frederick Dr. John Walsh (85)
For those who knew Dr. Frederick “Fred” John Joseph Walsh, the first word that would come to mind is “brilliant”.
Fred was an intelligent man and a light in the world. He had unparalleled enthusiasm and passion for life, taking the time to learn something new every day while bringing a smile to everyone around him.
On Wednesday March 23, 2022, Fred passed away at the age of 85. However, his legacy will live on.
Fred was born on July 11, 1936 in Manhattan, NY, to John Walsh and Bridget Jenks and was raised by Bridget and George McGrath after John’s untimely death when Fred was young. Of Irish descent, he grew up in New York, New York.
He studied at St. John’s University and New York University, earning his doctorate. Fred then built a distinguished career in higher education, where he helped modernize the field while making significant strides in advancing and innovating education. He was also a US Army veteran.
Fred has held several administrative positions, promoting academic excellence and teaching achievement. He was vice president of Montgomery College and also served as president of Catonsville Community College, where he led new frontiers in technology.
Outside of his academic accomplishments, Fred was a well-rounded man who enjoyed the simple things in life and could fit in with anyone around him. He always had a story or life lesson close at hand, and his energy, sense of humor and wit were contagious.
He was also always up for adventure and in his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, cigars and a good scotch, learning new languages and above all, taking his sailboat, The Osprey, to the bay of Chesapeake. That was where he was happiest, at the helm as a navigator who always had the answer and always knew where to go.
His greatest love in life was his wife, Barbara Heller-Walsh. They were the perfect couple who shared the same drive, the same enthusiasm, the same interests and the same intelligence. Fred and Barbara were married on June 21, 1974. They were married for 48 years before Fred passed away.
Fred was not only a wonderful husband, but also a loving and devoted father and brother. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughters, Patty Silber and Mara Fraidin; and her grandchildren Alex and Sammi Silber and Hailey and Austin Fraidin.
Services at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 101 Church Lane Baltimore, MD 21208, Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 1 p.m. Burial Baltimore Hebrew Berrymans Lane Cemetery.
Published by the Washington Post on March 29, 2022.