Two longtime Pax Christi USA members passed away in the last week. We wish to honor their memory and express gratitude for their lives and dedication to peace and justice.
May their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Ed Wallin, Peace Activist and Advocate for Veterans, Dies at 91
Ed Wallin passed from this life on Friday, December 6. Ed had a long history of serving others, from his vocation as a Paulist priest in Memphis in the 1960’s where he worked to eliminate poverty and walked with Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., to joining the army to serve as chaplain to soldiers in combat during the Vietnam War. After returning from Vietnam, Ed left the priesthood, earning a degree as a clinical social worker from Fordham University. He spent the next 33 years at the VA working with combat soldiers who suffered from PTSD. He co-founded the Alpha Omega Veterans Services, the first office for veteran’s homeless services in the US. Even after retiring, Ed continued his work in social justice, remaining involved with his wife Janice Vanderhaar Wallin in many projects in the Memphis area.
Words of remembrance from Pax Christi Little Rock’s newsletter
Tom Webb, National Catholic Reporter Writer and Peace and Justice Activist Dies
Tom Webb, passed away December 8 in San Francisco. Tom had a wide-ranging career, teaching in Catholic schools, managing food distribution centers, studying Spanish in Central America, and serving the mentally challenged at a L’Arche community in Spokane, Washington. He was a National Catholic Reporter writer and took several trips to Honduras to advocate for justice write about US complicity in the political unrest. Most recently he lived for five years at the Catholic Worker house in Oakland, serving the immigrant urban poor in multi-ethnic East Oakland, where he organized interfaith Friday night walks for peace.
Words of remembrance by friend of Tom Webb Peter Hess