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Edward F. Welch, Jr.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Rear Admiral Edward F. Welch, Jr.,

Ret. US Navy, 83, a former President of the Naval War College, Newport, died of congestive heart failure on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at his home in Alexandria, VA.
Rear Admiral Welch, a native of Barrington, RI, attended public schools in Barrington and graduated from Barrington High School where he was elected to the Rhode Island Honor Society. He attended the University of Rhode Island and MIT. Enlisting in the US Navy in 1943 he was assigned to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, MD prior to entering the US Naval Academy as a member of the class of 1948. He received his BS degree (1947), US Naval Academy, and Master of Public Administration degree (1962), Harvard University. He was also a graduate of the National War College and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Johnson and Wales University in 1981.
Following his commissioning in 1947, Rear Admiral Welch served in USS Eversole in the Pacific and in Occupied Japan. He then attended Submarine School in 1949. He was Executive Officer when his submarine GRENADIER (SS525) was awarded the Admiral Wright Award for surfacing a ZULU class Soviet missile submarine in 1959. He was Commanding Officer, USS Odax (SS484), 1959-61. After graduate study in international affairs at Harvard, he served in the Strategic Plans Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1962-64 and on the staff of the Commander, Submarine Force, US Atlantic Fleet, 1964-66. Upon graduation from the National War College in 1967, he served as Commander Submarine Division 42, 1967-68, in Charleston, SC.
His next assignment was in NATO Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and subsequently assumed the duties of the Deputy Director for NATO Nuclear Planning, 1969-71. From 1971 to 1974, Rear Admiral Welch served in the International Negotiations Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Rear Admiral Welch then briefly served on the faculty of the National War College before being promoted to Rear Admiral in April 1975. He was assigned to the staff of General Alexander Haig, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, in Belgium (1975-77). From 1977 to 1979, he returned to Washington and served as Deputy Director International Negotiations on the Joint Staff where he was responsible to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for all arms control negotiations. He was a member of the US Delegation, which accompanied President Carter to the SALT II Summit in Vienna in June 1979.
Rear Admiral Welch became the 41st President of the US Naval War College in Newport, returning to his home state of RI, in August 1979. He retired on the completion of this tour in August 1982, after serving over thirty-nine years in uniform.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and three awards of the Legion of Merit. He received two awards of the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.
He had been a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Naval War College Foundation, the National War College Alumni Association, the Submarine League, the Retired Officers’ Association and was also a former member of the New York Yacht Club and honorary brevet-colonel in the Newport Artillery.
Rear Admiral Welch was married for forty-four years to the former Rachael Linehan, daughter of Judge James B. Linehan of Barrington, RI, prior to her death in 1994. Survivors include his daughter Mary Rider of Spotsylvania, VA, his son, James E. Welch of Kennett Square, PA, his brother John G. Welch of Marysville, OH, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive guests at Demaine Funeral Home, 520 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, March 25, 2008, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Funeral services with full military honors will be held at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 10:45 a.m. followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Edward and Rachael Welch may be made to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042; or at www.capitalhospice.org

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