Robert Hatheway Welch, 74, taught French for 30 years at the College of William & Mary

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Robert Hatheway Welch
Robert Hatheway Welch

Robert Hatheway Welch, 74, of Williamsburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2016, of complications from dementia and malignant melanoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ann K. and Emerson F. Welch.

Rob is survived by his brother, Peter F. Welch (Elizabeth) of Jacksonville, Fla; nephew, Christopher F. Welch of Richmond; former wife, Sue W. Welch of Williamsburg; and many cousins and caring friends.

He was born in Hartford, Conn., and moved to Richmond, Va., in 1952. Rob received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught French for 30 years at The College of William and Mary, and especially enjoyed directing the college’s summer and junior year programs in Montpellier, France. Rob retired in 2000 and moved back to Richmond, staying active with various volunteer programs, even creating The Friends of William Byrd Park. Working with various groups, he planted many trees in effort to make the park and his neighborhood once again safe and beautiful.

Family and friends would like to thank all the staff at Brookdale and Gentiva Hospice for their kindness and caring. Internment in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Conn., will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be shared at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net.