Semmes Guest 'Buck' Walsh dies at 84

Former businessman enjoyed a capella and barbershop singing

August 26, 2010

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Semmes Guest "Buck" Walsh, a retired Monumental Corp. executive who enjoyed singing, died Friday of a brain tumor at his Owings Mills home. He was 84.

Mr. Walsh, the son of a career naval officer and a homemaker, was born and raised in Annapolis. He was a 1943 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1946 in civil engineering from Yale University and a master's degree in business from Harvard Business School in 1950.

After working for several years in Cuba and Michigan, Mr. Walsh joined the old Baker, Watts & Co. as a security analyst in 1954.

He was made a general partner in 1962 and managing partner in 1975 at the firm, which later became Ferris Baker Watts.

After leaving Ferris Baker Watts in 1980, he went to work for Monumental Corp., where he was chief financial officer and vice president until retiring in 1989.

He was a former director of Signet Bank, Waverly Press, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Junior Achievement.

Mr. Walsh was a former trustee of the William G. Baker Fund, Eudowood Foundation, Garrison Forest School, Goucher College, Kernan Hospital and Maryland Academy of Science.

Mr. Walsh enjoyed a capella and barbershop quartet singing.

"He had been a founder of the Yale Alley Cats, Harvard Tycoons and the Baltimore Foxheads singing groups," said a daughter, Annette "Teena" Bergsma of Sleepy Hollow, Ill.

Mr. Walsh was also an accomplished painter who painted landscapes and still-lifes in oils. He also liked playing squash, tennis and traveling.

His wife of 52 years, the former Annette Hunt Cromwell, died in 2004.

He was a communicant of St.Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Garrison, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.

Also surviving are a son, Semmes Guest "Mid" Walsh Jr. of Hingham, Mass.; two other daughters, Marion Walsh of Lions Bay, British Columbia, and Jacquelyn Kirby of Jamestown, R.I.; and six grandchildren.

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