Doris E. Welsh, who had been secretary to two city police commissioners and was an avid Orioles fan, died Friday from complications of kidney failure at Hart Heritage Estates Assisted Living in Forest Hill. The longtime Bel Air resident was 95.
The former Doris Eddins was born in Zebulon, N.C., and raised in Rolesville, N.C. She was the daughter of Lonnie Eddins, a farmer, and his wife, Estelle Eddins, a homemaker.
After graduating in 1941 from Rolesville High School she came to Baltimore, where she attended Strayer Business School, and the next year married William Ernest Welsh, who entered the Army during World War II.
In 1951, Mrs. Welsh took a job as a court clerk in the Baltimore Police Department’s Southern District to purchase a dining room suite, and ended up with a more than three-decade police career.
She served as secretary to two police commissioners, Donald D. Pomerleau, who headed the department from 1966 to 1981, and his successor, Frank J. Battaglia, who held the office from 1981 to 1984.