Washington Post – Obituaries
Jean Edward Welker – NASA Physicist
Jean Edward Welker, 72, who spent 50 years as a physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, died Dec. 5 of heart disease at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Laurel.
Mr. Welker was a specialist in examining climate patterns in Russia and Eastern Europe. He worked at NASA until his death.
He was born in Mineola, N.Y., and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. He received a doctorate in history from the University of Maryland in the early 1990s.
He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville and sang in the choir. He had also sung in the University of Maryland choir.
His wife of 23 years, Joan M. Welker, died in 2000.
Survivors include three children, Edward Welker of Kensington, Catherine Welker of Washington and Tania Welker of New York; one sister, Nancy Frenze of Philadelphia; and three brothers, Paul Welker of Providence, R.I., Robert Welker of Arlington and Kenneth Welker of Oslo.
Jean Edward Welker
72, died at Washington Hospital Center on December 5, 2007 from heart failure. Beloved husband of the late Joan Mary (Minko), he is survived by his three children Edward, Catherine, and Tania. Dr. Welker, who spent 50 years working for the government, was a physicist for NASA in Greenbelt, MD. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Maryland. All are invited to graveside services Mon., December 10th at 10:30 am at Glenwood Cemetery, Great Rd. (Rte 111), Maynard, MA. Martin & Doran Funeral Home.