Edmund A. Walsh, S.J.
Georgetown College (1789-1815)
Priest, educator, scholar, and statesman, Father Walsh established Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 1919, the first of its kind in the U.S. While remaining actively involved in the running of the School, he undertook many international trips and diplomatic missions. He directed the Papal Famine Relief Mission to Russia in 1922, worked on behalf of the Vatican to resolve long-standing issues between Church and State in Mexico in 1929, negotiated with the Iraqi government to establish an American College in Baghdad in 1931, and served as Consultant to the U.S. Chief of Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials. President Eisenhower sent a letter to the University when Father Walsh died in 1956, which read in part: “The death of Father Walsh is a grievous loss to the Society in which he served so many years, to the educational and religious life of the United States and to the free people of the Western World. For four decades, he was a vigorous and inspiring champion of freedom for mankind and independence for nations . . . at every call to duty, all his energy of leadership and wisdom of counsel were devoted to the service of the United States.”
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