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WELCH LESTER GRANVILLE WELCH, JR. Of Alexandria VA passed away peacefully Friday, June 13, 2014 in his home. Lester was born in Amesbury, MA, but grew up in Haverhill, MA. After serving in the USAF during the Korean War, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1962. While attending UMASS, he worked as a survey party chief during the construction of portions of Portsmouth (Pease) Air Force Base, Logan Airport, Callahan Tunnel and Route 495. Following graduation he was senior survey party chief providing survey and engineering expertise for highway and bridge construction. In 1966 Lester began work in Washington, DC as an Investigator performing security and background checks of Federal Government employees. On temporary assignment with the FBI, he served as poll observer in Georgia and Mississippi during elections following passage of the Voting Rights Act. In 1968 Lester was hired by the Bureau of the Census to perform management studies in order to refine collection methods and budgeting for the 1970 Census, hiring and supervising 1000 temporary employees to collect population and housing data. After completing 1970 Census data collection, he was temporarily assigned to conduct a management study for the Agency for International Development in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Until his retirement from the Federal Government in 1992, Lester conducted extensive analysis of agency methods and procedures at the Bureau of the Census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and in the Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce, including Department-level planning and monitoring for acquisitions and integration of major information systems utilized during the 1990 Census. Lester took flying lessons and had a life-long interest in aviation, enjoyed travel, and dearly loved his family and friends. He will be missed. Lester is survived by his wife, Louise Welch; his children, Steve Welch and Kimberly Madigan; five grandchildren, and much loved aunt, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services and interment in Walnut Cemetery, Haverhill, MA were held June 20, 2014. Contributions in his memory may be made to the church or or to the local Food Bank. Arrangements were by Paul C. Rogers-Scatamacchia Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill.

Published in The Washington Post on June 22, 2014
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