Joseph L. Walsh
1932 - 2021
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Walsh, Joseph L., - of Margate, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, October 10, 2021, just one day shy of his 89th birthday. Joseph is survived by his wife of fifty-two (52) years, Helen W. Walsh; his children, Adam Walsh (Anne) of Arlington, VA, and Maurine Oosthuizen (Morne') of Montclair, NJ; and three beloved grandchildren, Ava (17), Caroline (14), and Drystan (12). Joe was not a native of South Jersey, but he loved his morning walks on the Ventnor Boardwalk, the Phillies, and the ebb and flow of life at the Shore. Helen and he moved to the area in 1972 when Joe joined the faculty of Stockton University, then-Stockton State College, for its inaugural academic year. He remained at Stockton through 2003, achieving the honor of Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion while teaching courses on Plato, existentialism, and political philosophy. Joe was especially proud that Stockton named its Atlantic City Academic Center after civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer at his recommendation, linking his longtime commitment to civil rights with his love for Stockton. Joe was born on October 11, 1932, in Shenandoah, PA, to Raymond and Dorothy Walsh, and he was the eldest of three sons: Raymond (Jean) Walsh of Springfield, VA, who pre-deceased Joe in 2018, and James Walsh (Adam Klein) of Philadelphia and Atlantic City. After graduating from Shenandoah Catholic High School in 1950, Joe joined a religious community of priests known as The Paulist Fathers, and he remained a priest until 1966. He received a B.A. from St. Paul College in Washington, DC, an M.A. from Wayne State University, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He authored over fifty (50) scholarly works during an illustrious academic career. After retiring from Stockton, Joe became a trained psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and then maintained a small practice serving patients in the Atlantic County area. Although he certainly led a cerebral "life of the mind," Joe was happiest rooting for Notre Dame football, politely arguing politics with friends and family, espousing opinions in letters to the editor of the Atlantic City Press and bumping into former students at local environs. His big smile and jubilant laugh are already missed. Visitation will be 9AM to 10AM on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, with a funeral mass to follow at 10AM at Holy Trinity Parish, Blessed Sacrament Church, 11 N. Kenyon Avenue, Margate NJ 08402. Mausoleum service will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Stockton Foundation:, in memory of Joseph L. Walsh. Memories, thoughts, and prayers can be extended to the family by visiting
Published by The Press of Atlantic City on Oct. 14, 2021.
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Just learned of Mr. Walsh´s passing with so much sorrow. Such fond memories of him and his family on Martindale. May he Rest In Peace
Eileen Hughes
October 29, 2021
Offering my thoughts and condolences to Joe's family. I met him in the summer of '77 and took a few of his courses that helped shape my political and philosophical ideas. His positive attitude and questioning conversations, inside and outside of the classroom were memorable.
Marian (Socha) Jordan
October 17, 2021
Dear Helen and family, What a wonderful gentleman, teacher, and scholar your husband and father, Joe, was. Toward the end of my year as the Ida E. King Visiting Scholar in Holocaust Studies at Stockton, Joe invited me to speak to the Religion and Philosophy faculty. I remember how gracious he was in his introduction of me. I gave my presentation, and, happily for me,I was invited to teach with Joe and his faculty in Religion and Philosophy. I did so for a few years, then "transferred" into General Studies where I taught courses in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for more than 15 years following my time in Religion and Philosophy. Even after I "left" that program, Joe always asked me how things were going, what I was working on, and could he help in any way. Joe was a great colleague, encouraging and thoughtful. May he rest in God's merciful peace, and may Joe Walsh's memory be a blessing for all of us. Sincerely, Carol Rittner, RSM
Carol Rittner, RSM
October 17, 2021
I was one of Joe´s students at Stockton in the 1980s, and truly appreciated his brilliance, humility and kindness. I kept in touch with Joe over the years and feel privileged to have known him. My condolences to Joe´s family.
Douglas Gershuny
October 16, 2021
Ahhh, Joe´s mortal form has gone but his Light will last forever! Deepest condolences to Helen and family. He inspired, educated and took the lead for justice and compassion. Your Light will never dim. A glorious life!
Georgina Shanley
October 15, 2021
Helen, so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I'm sorry I never got to meet him; he sounds like he was a wonderful person, and surely touched the lives of many.
Jim Mason
October 14, 2021
Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a very special man. My deepest sympathy.
Susan Lothian
October 14, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Ms. Walsh and the family.
James Forrest Gilmore
October 14, 2021
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