Claude Welch Calls It A Career

Professor Claude Welch, at UB since 1964, has served in a number of roles over 50-plus years. Now he's taking on a new role as a retiree. Watch the video to see how you helped us thank him. 

Consummate university citizen

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 interview.

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 15.

You are part of the celebration

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 above.

You're a part of the celebration!

Claude Welch, 1995.

Claude Welch, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in UB’s Department of Political Science, 1995.

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