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Retired L.A. Convention Center GM Dick Walsh Passes Away


Los Angeles, CA – Private services were held for Dick Walsh, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center, who died May 6 at his home at the age of 86, Trade Show Executive has learned. Walsh was in charge of the downtown center from 1973 to 1997 and oversaw the construction of the center’s South Hall and Concourse.

After 1997, Walsh joined SMG and managed the Hawaii Convention Center for three years and then moved on to general manager positions in Alaska and also at the Ontario Convention Center near Los Angeles. He retired at the age of 79 in 2005.

Prior to entering the convention venue management field in 1973, Walsh made a name for himself in professional baseball. He joined the Dodgers organization after World War II and rose to vice president of stadium operations. He was in charge of the construction of Dodger Stadium in 1960. His career also included two years as as general manager of the California Angels.

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