LaSalle Medal Conferred Upon JB Walsh '50

The Canisius Alumni Association conferred its LaSalle Medal upon John B. (JB) Walsh ’50 in recognition of his many generous contributions to advance the interests of the college. Walsh received the LaSalle Medal during undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 18.

Well-respected and widely known among the Western New York legal community, Walsh is special counsel and lobbyist for Ecology and Environment Inc., where he practices government, environmental, immigration and negligence law.

His reputation in the legal community is paralleled by his loyalty to alma mater.

Walsh is a past volunteer for the Canisius Fund, the college’s annual giving campaign which helps raise financial support for student scholarships and programming. Canisius students are also the beneficiaries of the Greatest Generation Scholarship which Walsh, a World War II veteran, helped establish and fund along with fellow alumni from the Canisius classes of 1941-1953. Walsh similarly led the effort to plan and promote the Greatest Generation Reunion. The event brought together Canisius alumni and veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War, and culminated with the bestowment of the Greatest Generation Memorial, a permanent tribute to those Canisius alumni who served their country during the war years.