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Walter F. Diehl

International President
Years Active: 
1974 to 1986

Walter F. Diehl, a native of Revere, Massachusetts, became a projectionist in Boston in 1927, and a member of Boston Moving Picture Machine Operators Local No. 182 in 1933. After several years of service on the Executive Board of the local, he became Business Agent in 1946, and held that position until 1953, when he resigned to accept an assignment as an International Representative.

In the capacity of International Representative, he handled assignments throughout New England until 1957, when he was appointed Assistant to the International President, a position he held until 1974, when he was elected International President of the IATSE by the delegates to the 52nd International Convention.

Mr. Diehl studied Business Administration at Northwestern University, and in later years, following spare-time study, also graduated from the Boston Catholic Labor Guild School.

In 1952, Mr. Diehl was made a member of the Minimum Wage Commission for the Amusement Industry in the State of Massachusetts. He also served on the Executive Board of the Boston Central Labor Union and as Labor Representative for the Suffolk County March of Dimes.

He retired from the position of International President on February 22, 1986, but remained an active member of the Executive Board of the IATSE until the time of his death on August 26, 1991.