Bachelor of Science, Lehigh University, 1956. Master of Business Administration, Cornell University, 1961.
With General Electric Company, Benton & Bowles, International Salt, 1963—1970. President Penske Corporation, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1974—1976. President, owner J.F. Welch Interests, Inc., since 1970, Bachman Company, Reading, since 1980.
Major United States Army, 1956-1958.
Chairman; member advisory board Meridian Bank. DEL. White House Conference on Small Business. Member Pennsylvania Ethics Commission, 1980—1982.
Board directors, treasurer Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Member president's council University Vermont Business School. Trustee Miss Hall's School, St. Joseph Hospital, Lehigh University.
Chairman Business Advisory Council, College Business & Economics, Lehigh University. Member advisory council Johnson Graduate School Management. Board directors Detroit Diesel Corporation, Snack Food Association, Young Men’s Christian Association, Philadelphia Zoo.
Member of Lehigh University Alumni Association (board directors, president), Berks County Chamber of Chamber (board directors, vice president), American Management Association (president section), Nantucket Yacht Club, Sankaty Head Club, Ocean Reef Club, Berkshire Country Club, Saucon Valley Country Club.
Married Marcia Pyle Welch, October 6, 1962. Children: Winifred, Lorraine, Suzanne, Lucinda, Elizabeth.