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Richard F. Walsh

International President
Years Active: 
1941 to 1974

Richard F. Walsh was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 20, 1900. He was educated in the public schools of New York City, and entered the entertainment industry as an apprentice electrician at Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue Theatre in 1917.

After two years as an electrician, third class in the Navy during World War I, he received his journeyman's card in the IATSE Stage Employes Local No. 4 of Brooklyn, NY.

Mr. Walsh was elected President of Local No. 4 in 1925, and Business Agent of the same local in 1926. After serving in the capacity of Business Agent until 1938, he was again elected to the position of President of the local from 1940, serving in that position through 1959.

Meanwhile, Mr. Walsh was elected as an International Vice President in 1934. In 1941, he became International President of the Alliance, a position he was re-elected to through 1974 when he retired from office and was succeeded by Walter F. Diehl.

During Mr. Walsh's tenure as International President, he was elected a Vice President of the AFL-CIO in 1955. He was also President of the AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department, Chairman of the AFL-CIO Committee on Safety and Occupational Health, President of the Inter-American Federation of Entertainment Workers, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, Inc., and Director of the Union Labor Life Insurance Company, as well as the Council of Motion Picture Organization.

Richard F. Walsh passed away on August 13, 1992, at the age of 92.