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Don Walsh To Receive Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Explorers Club Honorary President Don Walsh will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation on June 5.

The ceremony will be held in Washington, DC, as part of Capitol Hill Ocean Week, and will also include the presentation of NMSF’s Leadership Award to President Bill Clinton for his efforts in the policy area of ocean science.

Dr. Walsh, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, was first to reach the lowest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, in 1960, with the late Jacques Piccard. Walsh’s award cites that milestone achievement as well as a long career in ocean science.

Past recipients of the award include Bob Ballard, Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Admiral Watkins, Leon Panetta and Julie Packard.

Walsh was in the news recently when film-maker James Cameron equaled his dive record, carrying Explorers Club Flag 161 to Challenger Deep. Walsh was even out in the Pacific this past March for the event, and was first to personally congratulate Cameron when he resurfaced.

Flag 161, with a storied history, will be retired later this year by The Explorers Club. It is the only flag to have been to the lowest point on earth, Challenger Deep – and the highest, the summit of Mt. Everest.

Photo: © Sue Flood

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