Welch Suite Honors Gift for Pulliam Directorship

Welches“In the cherished memory of two great benefactors of our university, DePauw University and the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media are pleased to announce that the administrative office suite has been renamed the William F. and Jean K. Welch Suite,” said Steve Setchell ’96, vice president for development and alumni engagement, during a ceremony Oct. 11.

The dedication ceremony honored the Welches’ estate gift, which provides leadership-level support to endow the directorship of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. Brian Welch ’73 noted that his father’s lifelong interest in journalism, beginning as a traveling sports reporter for his Logansport high school newspaper, made the gift and the recognition most appropriate.

William Welch ’40 was a Rector scholar, editor of The DePauw newspaper and recipient of the Walker Cup. After DePauw, he served in the Navy during World War II, attended the University of Michigan Law School and had a long career with the Indianapolis law firm of McHale, Cook & Welch, retiring as senior partner. Jean Welch graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to be a fixture in Indianapolis. She volunteered with Stansfield Circle and Meridian Street United Methodist Church; served on the board of the Indianapolis Retirement Home; and helped found Impact 100, which makes grants to Indianapolis nonprofits. Both Bill and Jean loved DePauw. Bill was a president of the DePauw Alumni Association and was a recipient of the Old Gold Goblet and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from DePauw. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for 34 years.

“Proper speech, strong writing and an independent press matter,” Brian Welch said, “and we hope in some small way that the gift and what we are doing here today will help support good writing at The DePauw, clear broadcasting at WGRE and respectful discussions on this campus.”

The effort to endow the Pulliam Center directorship is ongoing until the $5 million goal is reached. To learn about the initiative, contact the Office of Development by phone at 800-446-5298 or via email at annualgiving@depauw.edu.


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