Rev. Joseph L. Walter, C.S.C., professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (April 18) at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, in Maywood, Ill. He was 82 years old.
A native of Braddock, Pa., Father Walter attended St. Joseph’s grade school and St. Thomas High School there before enrolling in Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, from which he was graduated in 1951.
Following his graduation, he did graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, working for two years there in the laboratory of Dr. Jonas Salk, the developer of the eponymous polio vaccine, and receiving a doctoral degree in 1955. Within ten days of receiving his degree, Father Walter came to Notre Dame to begin studies for the priesthood.