Richard Paul Welcome (1945 - 2019)





Richard died March 23, 2019, at his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina.


Born in South Dakota, Richard graduated from A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina, where he was active in the student council and debate club and was voted “most intellectual” by his classmates.

Richard continued his debating activities throughout his four years at Princeton, serving as president of the debate panel his senior year. A 1964 Daily Princetonian article by classmate Larry Petrowski reported that in a 28-team collegiate debate tournament in Philadelphia, Richard placed third among all participants. He was also active in Whig-Clio, Concordia Society, and Young Republicans. He majored in economics.


After Princeton Richard studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, for three years and then earned his MBA at the University of Chicago in 1976. He spent most of his career in the real estate development industry, residing in the Chicago area.


Richard leaves a wife, Marcia Banas Welcome, and son, Christopher, to whom the Class extends its condolences.


Photos: The picture at the top is from  the Nassau Herald. Below, L-R, Richard as "most intellectual" in high school, the high school yearbook (also used in the Freshman Herald), and the Prince article on the debaters (Richard in the center).