Katharine Smith Welch

Date(s) of birth and/or death approximate

Date of Birth

September 1st, 1920

Date of Death

January 1st, 2010

Memorial Meeting

Boulder Friends Meeting


Katharine Welch died in January 2010 in New Hampshire. She was born in September 1920 in Framingham, Massachusetts and grew up in New Haven, where her father was on the Yale faculty. She graduated from Vassar College in 1942 with a degree in Economics and earned a Masters of Science degree from the Yale School of Nursing in 1945.

She married William Welch in 1946 and they moved to Boulder in 1961. Katharine became an active and outspoken citizen of Boulder, especially interested in health care. She was a trustee of Boulder Community Hospital and also served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, the Mental Health Association of Colorado and the Colorado Child Health Council. She became the president of the Colorado Hemlock Society.

Katharine also worked on environmental preservation, and served on the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Association, Boulder Parks and Recreation and Colorado Nature Conservancy.

In 1979 Katharine Welch became a member of Boulder Meeting and was active on the Service Committee and the Program Hour Committee. She was also deeply involved in the planning of our remodeling effort in the 1990s. Sometime after 2000 she decided to return to her native New England, where she passed away January 2010.

Survivors include three sons, Peter, James and Gilbert, and four grandchildren.