Following a 14-year tenure in the Exxon Labs he founded the company Princeton Scientific Enterprises, an R&D organization specializing in high temperature technology with particular expertise in combustion, high temperature chemistry, combustion generated air pollution, high temperature energy transfer and energy conversion. David served on Princeton Township Committee for a decade, the Princeton Civil Rights Commission, and many other community groups.
He supported and participated in his wife’s environmental activities and endeavors including the founding of the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, New Jersey.
He delighted in his 16 far-flung grandchildren: Ben, Amos, Kate, Henry, Philip, Willie, Lucy, Blaire (Kenny), Zach, Becca, David, Edie, John, Norah, Sam, and Charlie. A funeral mass will be said on Saturday, July 21, at the Princeton University Chapel at 11 a.m. He worked as a labor relations attorney for his entire career. Walsh met the love of his life, Mary Frances Hildebrand, in New York City.
David will rest at the Mather–Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, New Jersey. They were married in 1950 and have three daughters. Walsh and his family lived for many years in Upper Montclair, N. as well as in Saginaw, MI and in 1969 moved to Princeton.
Stuart was a world traveler who was also known for cranking out the Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle in 30 minutes (in pen) as well as for attempting to solve infamous mathematical problems such as Fermat’s Last Theorem and trisecting angles.
They were married in 1954, a union that lasted 61 years until Rosemary’s death in 2015.In 1958, they moved their growing family to Princeton where David was a research associate at Princeton University.In 1962, the still growing family moved to Norway for David’s postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Norwegian Council for Industrial and Scientific Research.David was educated in a one room schoolhouse and persuaded to go to Oregon State University where he earned a BS, then on to Columbia University earning a Masters and Ph D, all three degrees in Mechanical Engineering, accompanied by several academic honors.David taught at Columbia as a teaching assistant, instructor, and associate adjunct professor.Known for his dry humor and encyclopedic knowledge of everything, Stuart loved art, reading, photography, and listening to music as well as attending live performances — ballet, opera, symphony, and theater.In the early 1960s he and Elaine frequented Greenwich Village cafes where they happened to catch an up and coming Bob Dylan.Leaving the world of academics behind, Stuart took a job with Technical Research Institute (TRI) in 1963 which brought him to the Princeton area, before joining Trenton-based Thiokol Corporation where he rose to the level of director of the polymer division before retiring in 1993.During his time at Thiokol his specialty was coatings.He pursued his lifelong passion to further just causes wherever the opportunity arose.Forever proud of his roots in the Oregon mountains, David embraced Princeton and the opportunities it gave his boisterous family.