Paul E. Welsh, 78, dies; Sun reporter,...

Paul E. Welsh, 78, dies; Sun reporter, McCormick worker

Paul E. Welsh, retired public affairs manager for McCormick & Co. and a former reporter for The Sun, who was active in civic affairs and gourmet groups, died early yesterday of heart failure at his home on St. Dunstans Road. Services for Mr. Welsh, who was 78, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.


Mr. Welsh retired in 1978 after working for McCormick for 21 years. He was public relations director for the Orioles from 1955 until 1957.

He worked for The Sun, where he covered aviation, from 1940 until he went to work for the Orioles in 1955.


From 1942 until 1946, he worked in military intelligence. He returned to the Army during the Berlin blockade as public information chief in Frankfurt, Germany, for the European Command from 1948 until 1950.

He created the slogan, "Maryland -- America in Miniature," in 1939.

Mr. Welsh chaired a committee for the preservation of Babe Ruth's birthplace, was named president in 1971 of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation and was the first president of the Oriole Advocates.

A member of a 1961 Baltimore grand jury and foreman of a 1965 city grand jury, he had been president of Baltimore Grand Jurors Inc. and of the Maryland Federation of Grand Jurors.

From 1957 until 1964, he was executive secretary of the Baltimore Civic Center Commission.

Mr. Welsh was a former president of the Wine and Food Society of Baltimore and a member of the North American Committee and the London Council of the International Wine and Food Society.

He organized the 1976 and 1978 North American Wine and Food Festivals and chaired an Atlantic crossing aboard the Queen Elizabeth II in honor of the founder of the international society. His Crab Avalynne recipe was served on that trip.

His recipe for a Maryland clam chowder won a 1967 contest of the Department of Chesapeake Bay Affairs and was included in the "New York Times Heritage Cookbook."


In 1979, Mr. Welsh was named Gourmet USA by the Society of Bacchus, but his interest in food was not always shown so formally.

In 1959 he took steamed crabs on a trip to London and had a crab feast at a Fleet Street pub.

In the same period, he drafted a group of newspapermen to decide an argument on where the best oysters on the half shell could be bought, at a Pratt Street pier or the raw bar at Miller Brothers Restaurant. After he took the group to both places, it declared a tie.

Born in Cumberland and reared in Baltimore, he was educated at Calvert Hall College and the University of Maryland at College Park and its law school.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rosalie McCormick; a son, Paul E. Welsh Jr. of Baltimore; three daughters, Evelyne Deltuva of Ellicott City, Jacqueline Albertson of Timonium and Elizabeth Wencl of Newburyport, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

Gertrude R. Buzzell


Dundalk homemaker

A memorial service for Gertrude R. Buzzell, a homemaker who lived in Dundalk for more than 40 years, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Shrewsbury Lutheran Home in Shrewsbury, Pa.

Mrs. Buzzell, who was 80, died Monday of cancer at the home, where she and her husband, retired Judge Allen E. Buzzell of the District Court in Baltimore County, had lived since 1983.

She was born Gertrude Roberts in Woodlawn, Pa., and was a former member of the Dundalk Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Allen R. Buzzell of Gilford, N.H.