Alumni Association to honor 1958 graduate

Author: Shannon Chapla

William J. Walsh, a 1958 University of Notre Dame graduate and co-founder and senior scientist at the Health Research Institute-Pfeiffer Treatment Center near Chicago, has been selected to receive the 2003 Rev. Louis J. Putz, C.S.C., Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association.p. Established last year, the Putz Award is given annually by the Alumni Association to an alumni club or individual in recognition of the development and implementation of programs that have contributed to improving the lives of others.p. Walsh, an active member of the Notre Dame Club of Naperville/Lisle, Ill., served as president and board chairman at the health center. His research helped form the basis of its diagnostic testing and treatment protocols. In addition, Walsh was named Prison Volunteer of the Year in 1981 by the United Way for his work with inmates at Statesville Penitentiary. In the late 1960’s he founded a church service ministry to assist migrant workers, prison inmates and parishioners with emergency needs and form DuPage County’s largest food pantry.p. Father Putz, for whom the award is named, taught in the theology department and served as the rector of Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame for many years. He is best known for his dedication to community service and the laity of the Church, as evidenced by his role as founder of the Young Christian Students and the Christian Family Movement as well as the Harvest House and Forever Learning Institute for senior citizens. He died in 1998.p.

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