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Dr. Robert Walsh, 88, White Plains Gynecologist

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Dr. Robert J. Walsh, an obstetrician and gynecologist of White Plains, died July 4 at his home. He was 88.

He was born Sept. 21, 1923, in New York City to Timothy and Gertrude Fay Walsh. Baptized at the Church of the Epiphany, Walsh attended St. Gabriel Academy and Epiphany School.

While attending Xavier High School, Walsh and the rifle team won the National Rifle Championship in 1941. He then attended Fordham College from 1941 to 1943, before enlisting in the U.S. Army.

After service in China, Burma and India, Walsh enrolled in the New York University School of Medicine. He met his future wife, Wanda Scala, there, when they were paired as anatomy partners. They graduated together in 1950 and were married at the Church of the Holy Name in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1953.

After graduation, Walsh and his wife, a pediatrician, opened a private practice together. He later joined St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City as an attending physician and continued to work there until his retirement in 1993.

Walsh also acted as a consultant to the New York Foundling Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. He served on the Archdiocese of New York marriage tribunal from 1953 to 1973 and was active in its pro-life movement for more than 40 years. Walsh also served as a past president of the New York Gynecological Society Inc. and the Celtic Medical Society.

In 1988, the archdiocese's Catholic Home Bureau awarded Walsh and his wife the 1988 Child of Peace Award, in recognition of their support of the pro-life movement and years of service to the diocese.

Upon retirement, Walsh enjoyed cooking, repair projects, crossword puzzles and his tomato plants. He kept ties to St. Vincent's Hospital, serving on the hospital's ethics committees. He also supported the Sisters of Charity.

Walsh is survived by a sister, June (Leo) Racine, of Palm Beach, Fla.; four daughters, Grail (Thomas) O'Neill, Noel (Peter) Daniels, Dr. Susan (Patrick) McCarthy and Patricia (Joseph) Siebecker; a son, Robert T. Walsh; and 10 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife and a brother, Raymond J. Walsh.

Visiting hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2:15 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at McMahon Lyon and Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains, officiated by the Rev. John Quinn.

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