Walsh Hall on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus
Walsh served as the city clerk and municipal magistrate of Nome for 13 consecutive years, 1931-1944, and was appointed and served as a member of the first Territorial Board of Education from 1934-1942. He was elected and served two sessions of the Alaska Legislature in the House of Representatives, 1945-1947, and was appointed as a member of the Board of Regents to the University of Alaska in 1943 succeeding George Lingo and reappointed for another term, serving until 1959. Boyd Harwood was appointed to take his place on the Board.
Walsh was active in many community affairs as he served as Grand president of the
Pioneers of Alaska in 1954 and was selected and served as a delegate to the Alaska
Constitutional Convention. The delegates convened for 75 days in the Student Union
Building, now Constitution Hall, from November 1955 to February 1956. They drafted
a model document that became the legal foundation of statehood when the Alaska Territory
became a state in January of 1959. He died in Nome April 1, 1963.
UA Site named after Michael J. Walsh
Michael J. Walsh is also mentioned in this article
UA Honorary Degree Recipient 1958
A History of the Nome, Alaska Public Schools:1899 to 1958 From the Gold Rush To Statehood. A Thesis by John Poling.
Cole, Terrence. The Cornerstone on College Hill. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Pres, 1994. Print. ISBN: 0912006579