I never met Dale Walsh, I have been friends with his son Mark for many years. Dale Walsh established the DEW Foundation, which has been a supporter of IAM Residency and our mission, since it’s inception in 2017. I thought it fitting to include a Bio in our blog about him after I learned of his passing. He was an inventor and humanitarian, among other things which made him a standout human on this earth. Here is a brief article by Marialyce Petersen which summarises his many qualities.
“Mark always downplays it whenever I announce proudly to our friends that ‘Mark’s Dad invented the modem!’ but as VP of the then startup US Robotics in Chicago in the late 1980’s, he and a very small team of very early computer nerds did just that. After accomplishing this great success and amassing the wealth that followed, Dale and his wife Edna Mae became foster parents for infants with special needs in the Chicago area. Then, to make an even bigger impact, they formed the DEW Foundation, a charitable organisation which has to date provided millions of dollars to ‘meet pressing needs and fulfil vital missions…promoting the common good worldwide’. Many of our artist friends know the DEW Foundation because of Mark’s role on the Board and his passion for directing foundation funds to the Arts”
Dale Walsh passed away on Oct. 27, 2019 but his legacy lives on through the DEW Foundation and the world he helped change for the better.