Bob Welch is a speaker, author, award-winning columnist and teacher. He has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
He has keynoted conferences, workshops and retreats across America, tugging at hearts and tickling funny bones. Among his speaking highlights was being asked to keynote the dedication ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse for a plaque honoring WWII nurse Frances Slanger. It was Welch’s book about Slanger, American Nightingale, that convinced legislators to honor the Boston nurse.
American Nightingale (Atria Books, 2004) was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His most recent book, Pebble in the Water (AO Creative, 2008), amplifies the author’s American Nightingale experience from an idea written on a Wendy’s napkin to the four years it took before the book was published. A previous book, Easy Company Soldier (St. Martin’s Press, 2008), has been ranked Number One in the country among World War II/Western Front books. It’s about Don Malarkey, an Oregon-born member of the well-known “Band of Brothers” unit made famous by historian Steven Ambrose and an HBO miniseries. A 1999 book, A Father for All Seasons, won the Gold Medallion Award for Family and Parenting.