Oceanographer and President International Maritime Incorporated
In addition to his undersea work, he had been involved with polar operations since 1955. He had made over 25 expeditions to the Arctic, including 3 to the North Pole and 27 to the Antarctic including a 74-day circumnavigation of the continent. His contributions to the US Antarctic Program were recognized in 1974 when a geographic feature, the “Walsh Spur”, was named after him.
While at Texas A&M University he organized and directed its Spacecraft Oceanography Project (SPOC). Working with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, he was one of the first oceanographers to do ocean remote sensing. In this capacity, he was a member of the Center’s ‘quick look’ team after the splashdowns in the early Apollo Program.
Don Walsh was president of Oregon based International Maritime Incorporated, a consulting practice that he founded in 1976. He passed away at home on November 12, 2023, shortly after his 92nd birthday.