In 1985, Patti joined the Biology Department at Salem State Univerity. For 30 years she supervised the biology labs, and there is hardly a SSU biology student who has not come under her tutelage over the decades. A mentor to many, she has had an incredible lasting impact on the many students who studied with her and worked for her.
One Salem State alumnae writes, "I worked for Patti back in the early 90's as a work-study student, and she was an enormous, positive influence on me, both as a scientist and as a human being. She will be missed."
As a valued team member in the department, Patti's "behind the scenes" work was instrumental to the forward progress of the department, as well as the execution of the beloved Darwin Festival.
A Biology Faculty Member writes, "Patti's absence from the Biology Department these past several months has been felt and will continue to be felt. I'm in my 26th year at SSU and Patti has always been there during that time. We will miss her plant sales and behind the scenes work with the Darwin Festival, not to mention her "real" work as head lab tech."
She will be missed.
In memory of Patti, the Biology has created the Patricia Welch Award in Botany. This award is presented to students studying the area of Botany to be used for research costs and conference participation.