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Dr. William B. Walsh, 76, founded, led...


Dr. William B. Walsh, 76, founded, led Project HOPE

Dr. William B. Walsh, who founded and led Project HOPE, a nonprofit program that provides medical training, health education and humanitarian assistance around the world, died Friday of prostate cancer at his home in Bethesda. He was 76 and also lived in Tucson, Ariz.

Since it was founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) has worked in more than 70 countries on five continents, including North America. More than 5,000 health professionals have donated services to the project, and it has trained more than 1.3 million health workers and provided aid to millions of people, project officials said.

He wrote three books, "A Ship Called Hope" (1964), "Yanqui, Come Back!" (1966) and "HOPE in the East: The Mission to Ceylon" (1970), all published by E. P. Dutton & Co.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; three sons, William Walsh Jr. of Rockville and John and Thomas Walsh, both of Bethesda; a brother, John Walsh of Bethany Beach, Del.; a sister, Gladys Trainer of Arlington, Va.; and six grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/29/96

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