Claude Welch says his inexperience as a young professor at UB
had an unexpected consequence: he was covered in chalk dust by the
end of each workday.
“I kept backing up against the board because I
didn’t know how to teach,” Welch said in a 2013
In May, the man many consider “the consummate university
citizen,” will retire from UB, where he began teaching in
1964. Perhaps most famous for teaching “World Civ” to
scores of students, Welch chose the university’s job offer
over a post in the U.S. State Department.
UB will celebrate his distinguished, 52-year
career with a special event on April 29 and Welch will also
receive the President's Medal at University Commencement on May
Thank you for sharing your memories of Welch. We've added them
in the most recent issue of At Buffalo magazine, and in the special video
to honor his long and stellar, albeit sometimes chalky, career
You're a part of the celebration!