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C. Eileen Watts Welch

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Chocolate, Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
We All Have Talents, And We Have To Use Them For The Best.

Birthplace

Born:
3/28/1946
Birth Location:
Durham, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Chocolate, Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
We All Have Talents, And We Have To Use Them For The Best.

Birthplace

Born:
3/28/1946
Birth Location:
Durham
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Biography

Academic administrator Constance Eileen Watts Welch was born on March 28, 1946, in Durham, North Carolina to Dr. Charles DeWitt Watts, North Carolina’s first African American surgeon, and Lyda Constance Merrick Watts, a community volunteer. Welch's family founded North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the oldest African American life insurance company. Her maternal great-grandfather, Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore was Durham’s first black doctor and co-founder of North Carolina Mutual and the Durham Colored Library. Welch attended a segregated high school, Hillside High School, in Durham before heading to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her B.A. degree.

Welch began her career in 1968 as a third grade teacher in Atlanta. She later taught in Arlington, Virginia when her husband was drafted for military service. She became a stay-at-home mother after the birth of her two sons in 1970 and 1972. Welch returned to work in the late 1970s and became founder and the chief operating officer of Book Art, Ltd., a chain of bookstores in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 1983, she was named regional manager of the Reston Employment Service where she designed marketing campaigns and negotiated contracts. In 1990, Welch was hired at Inova Health System where she worked in strategic planning, health promotion and disease prevention. In 1994, she was promoted to Director of Development for the Inova Annual Fund. In 1995, Welch earned her M.B.A. degree in public relations, management, and marketing.

After a long career in Virginia, Welch returned to North Carolina in 1996, when she was named Associate Dean of External Affairs at Duke University's School of Nursing. In 2005, Welch was named Executive Director for Advancement at the Center for Child and Family Health, established by Duke University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. Welch has also served as a lecturer and community volunteer, serving The Links, Incorporated and the Durham County Library.

Constance Eileen Watts Welch was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 23, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of C. Eileen Watts Welch's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - C. Eileen Watts Welch lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her maternal great-grandfather's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - C. Eileen Watts Welch talks about the founding of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her maternal grandmother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes the creation of the Negro Braille Magazine
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - C. Eileen Watts Welch talks about her siblings and maternal aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - C. Eileen Watts Welch lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - C. Eileen Watts Welch recalls her experiences with racial discrimination in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - C. Eileen Watts Welch remembers Camp Oak Hill in Nottingham, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her father's medical practice in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her experiences in Durham, North Carolina's public schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - C. Eileen Watts Welch recalls the desegregation of public schools in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - C. Eileen Watts Welch recalls her family's relationship with the Duke family of Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - C. Eileen Watts Welch remembers the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - C. Eileen Watts Welch remembers her grandparents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - C. Eileen Watts Welch remembers Maynard Jackson's family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her experiences at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - C. Eileen Watts Welch talks about the Miss Maroon and White pageant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - C. Eileen Watts Welch remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes Spelman College's campus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - C. Eileen Watts Welch talks about her marriage and move to Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - C. Eileen Watts Welch recalls teaching in Atlanta, Georgia during desegregation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - C. Eileen Watts Welch talks about her teaching career in Arlington, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes the African American community in Reston, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - C. Eileen Watts Welch recalls the racial discrimination within Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her role with Inova Health System
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - C. Eileen Watts Welch describes her role at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - C. Eileen Watts Welch talks about the growth of Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - C. Eileen Watts Welch reflects upon her family's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - C. Eileen Watts Welch narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother's interview
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother lists her favorites
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother describes her parents' background
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother describes her grandparents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother remembers her childhood in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother describes W.G. Pearson Elementary School in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother remembers segregation in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother talks about her parents' professions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother describes the sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother remembers St. Joseph's African Methodist Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother remembers her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother recalls notable individuals in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother remembers her experiences at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother describes the influence of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother recalls the race relations in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's remembers Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother recalls shopping in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother describes her experiences at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother recalls meeting her husband
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother remembers Charles R. Drew
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother reflects upon her family's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - C. Eileen Watts Welch's mother narrates her photographs