Memorial services for David O. Welch, 82, of Ashland, were held November 3. He died October 29.
A son of the late John Leslie and Mary Elizabeth Hammond Welch, he was graduated from Ashland High School, Berea College and Harvard Law School.
Mr. Welch was a member of the Board of Trustees of Berea College and served as an Honorary Trustee. He was Corporation Counsel for the City of Ashland and was Mayor from 1976 to 1980. He was a founding member of the Ashland Human Rights Commission, and practiced law for more than 50 years.
He was chair and a longtime member of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and was later inducted into the inaugural class of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Committee of Equal Opportunities of the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.
“In Berea [College] as student body president, Welch called attention to the need for integrated businesses on College Square, presented speeches and debates on social justice issues, supported Berea’s first African American member of the basketball team, and spoke out against what was then the ‘criminal’ practice of racial intermarriage,” wrote Lindsay Roe, a 2014 graduate of Berea College in a tribute to Mr. Welch.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Joyce Ann Loy Welch; two sons, Scott Welch and wife Laura of Charleston, W.Va., and Kevin Welch of Frankfort; a daughter, Cathy Welch Culbertson and husband, Robert of Georgetown; grandchildren, Cam Culbertson, Will Culbertson, Cate Culbertson and John Culbertson; and four great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of David Welch to Berea College, CPO 2203, Berea, KY 40404.