In Memoriam: Patient Advocate John W. WalshApril 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm
The ATS is saddened by the news of the passing of John W. Walsh, a true luminary in the field of respiratory health.
Mr. Walsh attended the first Public Advisory Roundtable meeting in March 2001 when it was conceptualized by Past ATS President Bill Martin, MD. He was a founding member of PAR and served through 2010; from 2001-03 he served as vice chair and from 2003-05 as chair. Beyond PAR, he was extensively involved in ATS advocacy and the International Conference. One of his key contributions was the conference Meet-the-Expert patient education forum.
In a 2008 interview, Mr. Walsh said, “Through PAR, the ATS has recognized the importance of partnership among the scientific, physician, and patient communities… The Society has given us a seat at the table and supported the need for collaboration in terms of improving care, creating new therapeutics and, ultimately, discovering cures.” He would dedicate his life in pursuit of these cures, founding the COPD Foundation and Alpha-1 Foundation.
The ATS and broader patient communities greatly benefited from Mr. Walsh’s wisdom, leadership, and untiring passion. He is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Linda, granddaughter Lily, and their extended family.