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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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1/4/1954 - 4/20/2018


With heavy hearts, the family of Dr. Walter "Walt" Birdsall, Jr. would like to announce his sudden death while traveling with his wife and two of their children in Barcelona, Spain.

He was born in his favorite city, New Orleans, LA, on January 4, 1954. As the beloved husband of Jane Angelette Birdsall for 42 years, he became the adoring father of Dr. Lisa Fort, Dr. Emily Bui, Allison, William and Alexander. Recent years blessed him as a proud grandfather of Sophia and Sabrina Fort as well as Oliver and Simon Bui. He was the oldest son of Walter Birdsall, Sr. and Betty.

He is survived by his sisters, Brenda Klazynzki and Dr. Maria Cruse; and his brothers Dr. Gary Birdsall and Thomas Birdsall.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James.

Walter graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans in 1981. A gifted family physician, he spent many years in practice in his hometown in Cut Off, Louisiana. He continued his practice through Ochsner at St. Charles Parish hospital until the time of his death. He remained active in education and mentorship of young physicians throughout his career.

Walter will be remembered as a dynamic, generous family man who made the most of every moment of life for himself and all those around him. He shared his lifelong love of music with friends and family during holidays and gatherings as "Dr. DJ."

Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 724 Camp Street in New Orleans on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Those who so desire may make a donation in his memory to his parish church St. Patrick's.