James Gilbert Welch

-, Oregon

1925 - 2018 (Age 93)


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James Gilbert Welch- - James Gilbert Welch was born in 1925 in North Bend, Oregon, to Pearl and Wendell Welch. He grew up on the Oregon coast and in Eugene, Oregon. Jim served in WWII in Europe as a weatherman. Afterwards, he graduated from the University of Oregon, where he met his future wife,...

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Jim Welch gave me my start in the newspaper business, and I'll never forget him.

He was managing editor, and he hired me for the summer as an intern at the Capital Journal in Salem and then a few years later as a full-time copy editor. Soon afterward I became a reporter.

In about 1975, when the Gannett Co. brought in its own editor, Welch's days were numbered. One weekend I was in the newsroom; no one else was there except Welch.

He was packing up his things,...