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Daniel L. Welch

Daniel Lee Welch, 69, of Wilmington, Delaware, died on Monday, May 14, at the Compassionate Care Hospice unit at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington.

Mr. Welch was a 1961 graduate of Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, where he was a National Merit Scholar, and a 1965 graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, with a bachelor's degree in English. He went on from there to earn a master's degree in education from the State University of New York at Geneseo, New York, in 1966, plus a master's degree and all the coursework for a doctorate in English literature at Temple University in Philadelphia.

While at Wheaton, he participated in the ROTC program, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on graduating. He served in Vietnam as part of the 101st Airborne Division, a light infantry division known as the "Screaming Eagles." Lt. Welch was wounded in Vietnam in 1968 and spent several months at a hospital in Japan.

Mr. Welch spent his career as an English and history teacher, mostly at private schools in the Philadelphia and Wilmington area. He taught at the Lankenau School in Philadelphia, at Sanford School in Hockessin, and at Tatnall in Wilmington. He later taught courses at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington.

He was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek in Newark, and on the building committee for the church. Mr. Welch and his wife Carol volunteered at the Brandywine Zoo, the Delaware Natural History Museum curatorial department, and the Delaware Center for Horticulture. Mr. Welch sang tenor with the Brandywiners theatrical group at Longwood Gardens, where he met Carol during a production of "Carousel." He sang with two Wilmington groups, The Associates and the Four Guys barbershop quartet.

He maintained a lifelong interest in poetry and history, particularly military history. He developed courses on military literature and the Bible as literature at Tatnall. He coached sports and was the faculty advisor on school plays.

He and his wife Carol traveled extensively in the U.S. and to France, Spain, Greece, Mexico, the Caribbean, India and, his favorite, Egypt. They also visited the Swedish home of his sister-in-law, who is also named Carol Welch.

He was preceded in death by his brother Don Welch, who died in a 1976 plane crash in Colorado at age 29, and by his parents, Howard William Welch and Betty Jean Knowlton Welch, of Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his wife Carol Dodge Welch, of Wilmington, Delaware; his first wife, Charlotte Cady of Philadelphia, by his son Geoff and daughter-in-law Jill Haas Welch, and grandchildren David Haas, Lauren Haas and Geoffrey Welch of Pequea, Pennsylvania; through Carol Dodge Welch, by her son Lawrence Rogers and daughter-in-law Carole, and grandchildren Rachel and Leah; her daughter Anne and son-in-law Slayton Lane, and grandchildren Haley and Justin; her son John Rogers and daughter-in-law Dina, and grandchildren Morgan and Braden; by Carol's sister Judy Gewirtz and her husband Joel; by Dan's brother Randy Welch of Denver, Colorado, and by his brother Don's widow, Carol Welch of Denver, Colorado.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Unitarian Church of Mill Creek, 579 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711, on Saturday, June 2nd at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest contributions be made to the Unitarian Church of Mill Creek.

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Published in The News Journal from May 20 to May 27, 2012.
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May 14, 2019
I was actually laughing about Dan the other day, remembering when he told me to call him Dan and then never answered me until I called him Mr. Welch! I may have talked out loud to him for a bit after my laughter died down.....I miss him.
Tracy Friswell-Jacobs
Student
October 10, 2016
I WOKE UP I THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ... REMEMBERING ONE OF THE GREATEST LESSONS I HAD LEARNED IN SCHOOL BY DAN WELCH WHO SAID " PEOPLE ARE COMPLICATED " AND WENT TO THE SCHOOL CHALKBOARD AND WROTE IT OUT FOR EMPHASIS AND REFLECTION " PEOPLE ARE COMPLICATED " HE WAS AN ENGLISH TEACHER WHO LOVED LITERATURE AND I COULD IMAGINE HIM FROM THE PERIOD OF HEIGHTENED ENGLISH AS A CIVIL WAR TROOP , HE WAS USUALLY VERY PLEASANT BUT WHEN HE SUDDENLY SHIFTED TO TEACHING THE HISTORY OF WAR I REMEMBER HIS COURSE PUNCTUATED BY THE HAMMER OF A FIST ON A DESK ... I BELIEVE HIS ESSAGE WAS " WAKE UP " " BE AWARE " AND THERE WAS A CERTAIN RIGHTEOUS ANGER IN THAT EPISODE OF TEACHING THAT WAS RARE FOR HIM . HE SPOKE OF THE CILVIL WAR AND OF WW1 MUSTARD GAS WHICH HE TIED INTO HIS BEING EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE IN VIETNAM ... I VERY DISTINCTLY REMEMBER HIM ROLLING UP HIS PANT LEG AND SHOWING THE EFFECTS IT HAD ON HIS SKIN THAT WAS DISTORTED AND REDDENED . IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT I WASA NOT SURE IF I HAD EVER SAID THANK YOU " I DO REMEMBER HE WAS VERY APPROACHABLE AND LOVED AMERICA. HE WA A BRILLIANT MAN WITH UNCONVENTIONAL TEACHING AND REALLY SEEMED TO CARE ABOUT THE MINDS OF HIS STUDENTS . Was glad Mr Welch lived so long , but more importantly that he lived so well . Those few things i actually specifically remember him teaching me have shaped my life and impacted my views .http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/obituary.aspx?pid=157689599
robert curtis
Student
June 12, 2012
A wonderful man, who saw the good in everyone. So kind and thoughtful. He will be missed by many. Ging-er/Jen Booge Gemberling
June 1, 2012
Dan was a brilliant teacher. I remember working outside his classroom at Tatnall, while he was lecturing. I was spellbound. I can't even remember now whether I finished whatever I was doing. Those whom he taught and coached were truly fortunate.
Mike Dinsmore
May 31, 2012
I am so very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He was a special person. He will be sorely missed. I always enjoyed his company at church.
Pam Brancati
May 23, 2012
I'm honored to have known Dan. I performed alongside him often, and enjoyed his talent and wisdom. A friendly smile, an ability to lead, a sense of compassionate giving. The world is improved by his contributions, and he is missed.
Gordon Roth
May 21, 2012
Rest in peace. A wonderful and patient teacher I remember fondly from the early 80's. Condolences to his family.
Brian M
May 20, 2012
I am soooo saddened by this news and this great loss. Dan Welch was a phenomenal teacher, mentor and friend who will be sorely missed in my world. I will always have lasting and fond memories of BME classes, "Man the Mythmaker" 45 page reports (yes, even that made a fond memory!), and directing shows with a teacher who eventually made me call him "Dan" and then never answered when I did!! Carol, my love is with you.....
Tracy Friswell-Jacobs
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