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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.