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01-03-2011

Retired Dresser Rand Division President John S. Welch Jr. Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

Retired Dresser Rand Division President John S. Welch Jr. received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 108th Commencement in Potsdam, N.Y., on Sunday, May 13.

The degree was awarded "for his accomplishments as an engineer and corporate leader in the/ manufacturing industry, and for his sustained and extraordinary service to his alma mater as an alumnus and trustee."

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John S. "Jack" Welch Jr. graduated from Clarkson in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Austria and Germany.

After joining Ingersoll-Rand Company in 1957 as an engineer, he subsequently rose to become chief engineer, manager of Marketing and Operations, and general manager of the Process Compressor Division at Painted Post, N.Y. In 1980 he was named vice president. With the formation of Dresser Rand Company in 1987, he was named division president, a position he held until his retirement. During his career he was responsible for the operation of several manufacturing plants in the United States, South America, and Europe.

He earned a master of business administration degree from Syracuse University and in 1978 at Clarkson was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

He has been active in the Clarkson Alumni Association as a member of the board of governors, served as president of the Alumni Association in 1978-79, and received the Golden Knight Award, the University's highest alumni honor, in recognition of his service and achievements.

A Clarkson trustee since 1992, Welch has chaired several key committees, including Academic Affairs and Budget and Finance, and has served on a number of other subcommittees and committees, including the Executive Committee. In 1994-95, he chaired the Presidential Search Committee that selected University President Denny Brown.

He and his wife Norma are the parents of two sons and a daughter, and have six granddaughters.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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