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Naval officer , university administrator , business executive

Don WALSH, business executive, former university administrator and former naval officer. record dive to 35; Gold Medals from City of Trieste and Chicago Geographic Socs; Medal 1980 (two awards); Medal, Lowell Thomas Award from Explorers’ Club 1987 and other awards.


Walsh, Don was born on November 2, 1931 in Berkeley, California, United States. Son of J. Don and Marguerite Grace (Van Auker) Walsh.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1954. Master of Science, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1968.

Master of Arts, San Diego State University, 1968.


Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1954; advanced through grades to captain, United States Navy, 1974; officer-in-charge Bathyscaph Trieste, United States Navy, Trieste, 1959-1962; commander in United States Ship Bashaw, United States Navy, 1968-1969; director Institute Marine and Coastal Studies, professor ocean engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1975-1983; president, Chief Executive Officer, International Maritime, Inc., Los Angeles, since 1976; managing director, Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., since 1990; also board directors, Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. Director Center for Marine Transportation Studies, University of Southern California, 1980-1983, CoastalResources Center, 1990-1994. Trustee United States Navy Museum Foundation, since 1989.

Member National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, 1979-1985. Board of Governors California MaritimeAcad., 1985-1995. President Parker Diving, 1989-1994.


  • E-mail: imiwalsh@worldnet.att.net. M C.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Editor, contributor: Law of the Sea: Issues in Ocean Resource Management, 1977, Energy and Resources Development of Continental Margins, 1980, Energy and Sea Power: Challenge for the Decade, 1981, Waste Disposal in the Oceans: Minimizing Impact, Maximizing Benefits, 1983. Editor Journal Marine Technology Society, 1975-1980. Member editorial board United States Naval Institute, 1974-1975.

    • Author of about 100 papers, articles, etc. on marine subjects. Editor and contrib Law of the Sea: Issues in Ocean Resources Management. Energy and Resource Development of the Continental Margins (co-editor) 1980, Energy from the Sea: Challenge for the Decade (editor) 1982, Waste Disposal in the Oceans: Minimum Impact, Maximize Benefits (co-Editor) 1983.


Board directors Charles and Anne Lindbergh Foundation, 1996-2005. Fellow Marine Technology Society, Academy Underwater Arts and Sciences, Explorers Club (honorary life, board directors 1994-2000, honorary president since 2008, Explorers Medal, 2001). Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American Society Naval Engineers, Navy Institute, Adventurers Club (honorary life), American Geography Society (honorary life), National Academy Engineering.


  • Other Interests

    Writing, travel, sailing, flying.


Married Joan A. Betzmer, August 18, 1962. Children— Kelly Drennan, Elizabeth McDonough.

J. Don Walsh

Marguerite Grace (Van Auker) Walsh

Joan A. Betzmer

Kelly Drennan Walsh

Elizabeth McDonough Walsh