Dr. L. Conrad Welker, Jr.

Dr. L. Conrad Welker, Jr., 92, of Hattiesburg died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at his home. 

Graveside services will be held at Highland Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

Born and reared in Grenada, Mississippi, Dr. Welker received a B.S. degree from Millsaps College in 1950 and an M.S. from Mississippi Southern College in 1955.  In 1962, he was a member of the first class of doctoral candidates at the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a doctorate of education.

After two years of military service, Dr. Welker joined the Natchez Public Schools as a teacher in 1952 and went on to serve there as a principal, instructional supervisor, and assistant superintendent.  In 1966 he became assistant dean of the College of Education and Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.  In 1970 he moved to a department chairmanship and served in that capacity until 1979, when he became Vice President for Instructional and Community Affairs at Hinds Community College.  Prior to retiring from his 40-year career in education, he was named Interim President at East Mississippi Community College, directing their search for a new President. Over the years, he also worked extensively for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, and the Mississippi Retired Public Employees’ Association.

Dr. Welker was a faithful member of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, where he served in a number of capacities including a long tenure teaching the Men’s Bible Class.  He was also a long-time Rotarian, serving as Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg.

He is survived by daughters, Susan Ratcliff (Marty) of Slidell, La., Jan Nielsen of Hattiesburg, and Carol Krohn (Steve) of Charlottesville, Va.; grandchildren Karen Ratcliff Evans (Mike), Tracey Ratcliff Scharf (Matthew), Elizabeth Ratcliff Garver (Andrew), Katie Nielsen Simour (Zakaria), Misha Nielsen, Joseph Krohn, and Peter Krohn; and six great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Virginia Boyles Welker, and an infant daughter, Diane Marie Welker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.