Dr. William P. (Bill) Walsh, 88, of Mashpee, passed away on August 9, 2017. He was the husband of Phyllis F. (Barrett) Walsh, formerly of Webster Groves, MO, and the son of the late Patrick and Corinna (Hoseason) Walsh of Arlington, MA. Bill and Phyllis lived in Cotuit on Cape Cod for sixteen years and in Acton, MA, for forty years.
Bill graduated from Arlington High School, class of 1946. He graduated with honors from Boston College in 1950 and was awarded his PhD in geophysics from MIT in 1954. He founded Geoscience Services, Inc., in the late 1980’s. The company provided non-invasive geophysical technologies to companies remediating environmental issues. He was president until his retirement in the early 2000’s. He was an officer in the United States Air Force at Hanscom Field from 1956-1959.
He was an Acton Water District Commissioner for nine years in the 1980’s serving as chairman for the last three years. In recognition of the professional expertise provided to the district regarding the W. R. Grace contamination issue, the water storage tank in North Acton was dedicated in his name in 1990.
Bill had an uncredited cameo appearance in the movie, “A Civil Action” because he supplied geophysics equipment and expertise to the movie.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Acton and a member of the Acton Lions Club. He often worked away from Acton during the week, enabling his children to continue their education there.
On Cape Cod he was a member of Christ the King Parish in Mashpee and a member of the MIT Club of Cape Cod, serving as a Director and the Chair of the Education Committee. During his tenure the Club provided expertise to the Barnstable High School Science Department for the successful launch of the Cobb Astro Park.
For twenty-five years Bill and Phyllis owned a house in Beaver Cove, Maine, where the family spent many happy hours skiing with friends at Squaw Mountain. His orange ski boots were his signature on the slopes. He was a painter, a dessert enthusiast, a lover of animals and a fly and surf fisherman.
Bill always wore a ring which was given to his grandfather, Peter Hoseason, by Robert Louis Stevenson, his grandfather’s friend. The fictional character, Elias Hoseason in “Kidnapped”, was named after his grandfather.
In addition to his wife, Phyllis, Bill is survived by five children: Patricia Walsh of Arlington, MA, Brian Walsh (Camilla) of York, ME, Kathleen Walsh of Bozeman, MT, Matthew Walsh (Fatima) of Hollis, NH, Stephen Walsh (Marcia) of Dunstable, MA, his sister, Corinne Walsh, of Arlington, MA, and seven grandchildren (Ryan, Travis, Anya, Ayla, Keira, Shane, and Delanie).
A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home 74 Algonquin Ave. (Route 151) Mashpee, on Friday, September 8, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm. A memorial mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Church, 3 Jobs Fishing Rd., Mashpee, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 11:00am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the MIT Club of Cape Cod Education Fund, P. O. 761, Harwichport, MA 02646 or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Pantry, Christ the King Parish, P.O. 1800, Mashpee, MA 02649.