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Carol Welt Obituary


Carol Welt, loving mother, inspirational friend and retired Assistant Vice Provost for Research and Executive Director of the Office for Sponsored Programs at the University of Connecticut, passed away on June 11, 2014 at the age of 77, after a courageous 8 year battle with cancer. Carol will be deeply missed by her son Jeremy Welt of Los Angeles, California and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Sanford Welt of Port St Lucie, Florida. Carol born in Brooklyn, New York, to Susan (Maurer) and Joseph Welt on January 28, 1937, attended Lafayette High school. In 1957, she graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in anthropology. Carol completed her master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology at the University of Chicago, eventually becoming a senior scientist at the Weismann Center within the University of Wisconsin where she worked in the biomedical field, becoming one of the pioneer researchers studying brain neurophysiology. Her research has been extensively cited. Carol also worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. for two years where she administered the Division of Behavioral and Neural Sciences. She further served on several advisory committees for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Carol moved on to the position of Associate Dean of Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and then to an Associate Dean position at the New York University School of Medicine. When she retired in September 2007, she was Assistant, Vice Provost for Research and Executive Director of the Office for Sponsored Programs at the University of Connecticut. Carol was a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Council of University Research Administrators, and the International Society of Research Administrators. Carol was an avid learner and reader who never lost her love for science and research. She loved to attend the theater, visit museums, and go to art shows and to travel. Her life-long appreciation of the natural world included remarkable adventures like hiking in the Grand Canyon, Ireland, and Austria and she maintained an active interest in the Sierra Club. Concerned with the well-being of those around her, she volunteered with the local chapter of the American Red Cross and Hospice of Eastern Connecticut. She belonged to the UConn Women's League and was a member of the Bnai Israel Congregation in Willimantic, CT. Her son, Jeremy Welt, and close friends would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Ann Semolic and the staff of Windham Memorial Community Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Carol during her illness as well as to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Dr. Juric of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. In lieu of cards or flowers, please consider making a contribution in her name to the Sierra Club or Hospice of Eastern Connecticut. Finally, if anyone would like to share fond memories or a story about Carol, please use this email: jeremyct2014@gmail.com. Memorial will be held Saturday, June 21 from 12-3 UCONN Foundation, 2390 Alumni Dr., Storrs. Arrangements were through the Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic.


Published in The Hartford Courant from June 17 to June 18, 2014
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