Waterford - Nicholas Welchman died at home on June 28, 2012.
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Born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Cambridge, England, he was the son of Katherine Hodgson-Welchman and W. Gordon Welchman.
Nick and his family came to the United States in the late 1940s, settling in the Boston area. He attended Shady Hill School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Marlborough College (England), and Tufts University, where he met and married Linda Van Demark in Cambridge, Mass.
After graduating from Tufts with a degree in English, he later received a master's degree in classics from Trinity College, and a master's of library science from the University of Rhode Island. Nick became an American citizen in 1973.
Nick taught Latin and English for 12 years at Windsor Mountain and Pomfret Schools. He was employed and retired from Eastern Connecticut State University, where he was a university librarian for 27 years. While at Eastern, he was active in the faculty senate, holding several offices, and with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He was AAUP Chapter president at Eastern and served on the State Conference Board.
In retirement, Nick served as a docent for the Lyman Allen Museum in New London, was a Big Brother, and was a patient ombudsman and volunteer at Bridebrook Health & Rehabilitation Center. A lover of dixieland jazz, classical music, and foreign film, he was also an avid reader. He loved to travel; as a faculty member at the Pomfret School, he organized European tours during spring vacation for students. Throughout their marriage, Nick and his wife Linda continued to travel, visiting favorite places in England, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda (Van Demark) Welchman; and his children, Jennifer Welchman Smith of Edmonton, Alberta, and Geoffrey Welchman of Baltimore, Md.; grandchildren, Andrew and Ellen Smith and Rhys Welchman; and two sisters, Rosamund Welchman of Halcottsville, N.Y., and Susanna Griffiths of Totnes, England.
Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on July 28, at the library of Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Haitian Health Foundaction, Norwich, CT (www.haitianhealthfoundation.org)
Published in The Day on July 3, 2012