John H. `Jack' Welch, 87

Telephone equipment engineer

February 13, 2007

John H. "Jack" Welch, a retired telephone equipment engineer, died of Parkinson's disease complications Feb. 6 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 87.

Born in Baldwin, Ill., he joined the old Western Electric Co. in 1942 and served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

After a job transfer to Chicago, he became a Western Electric engineer and designed telephone switchboards for local systems. He moved to Timonium in 1965, where he continued as an engineer for the telephone equipment manufacturer, retiring about 22 years ago from the company, which later became Lucent Technologies.

He followed baseball throughout his life and had known Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey, who was a friend of Mr. Welch's father. As a young man, Mr. Welch played for a Western Electric semipro team.

Services were Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Jeanne Walsh; a son, John S. Welch of Mount Airy; a daughter, Mary Jean Monte of Timonium; and four grandchildren.

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