George Dale Welch
Welch, George Dale (89) passed away January 10, 2014 at Iowa Methodist Hospital. He was born on November 12, 1924 in Peru, Indiana to Berne and Charlotte Welch. After serving in the army in WWII as a meteorologist he met the love of his life, Barbara (Bobbie) Ann Brown, who he married in 1949. George was a CPA with a private accounting practice in Miami, Florida. He earned his bachelor and masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Miami (FL) and then his DBA at Indiana University Bloomington in 1964. He returned to the University of Miami as Associate Professor of Accounting. In 1967 he joined the faculty of the College of Business at Drake University. At Drake he worked to develop the MBA program, was director of the MBA program, became a professor and served as associate dean of the College of Business. He retired in 1992.
George was a man of integrity and an ardent supporter of human and civil rights. He was a patron of the arts, especially the symphony and opera. He and Bobbie were active in the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting (DMVFM) and Iowa Yearly meeting. He also supported Scattergood Friends School. He loved all animals (especially dogs) and children and was a great fan of sports particularly Drake (Go Bulldogs!). Most importantly, he loved and was loved by his family.
He is survived by his children Dale Ann (Tony) Watkins of Cincinnati, OH, Robert Berne of Alameda, CA, Jean Marie (Doug) Holschlag of La Porte City, IA and Ted Bliss of Des Moines and seven grandchildren - Siân Elizabeth and Christopher Neil Watkins, Jacob Douglas, Derek Michael and Kaitlin Marie Holschlag and Roisin Anne and Valerie Joan Welch. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie, in 1995.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 pm at the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting House. Flowers may be sent to the memorial or memorial contributions can be made to DMVFM or the American Friends Service Committee (both at 4211 Grand Ave, 50312) or Scattergood Friends School (1951 Delta Ave, West Branch, IA 52358).
Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 19, 2014