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Welch on one of his voyages by sea,
In addition to numerous trips to Europe, Welch made two trips to Asia in
1915 and 1921 as a commissioner of the China Medical Board, a subsidiary group formed by
the Rockefeller Foundation to promote modern Western medicine in China.
It was on his first trip to Asia that Welch began to keep diaries.
Thereafter, when he was abroad, he always recorded his daily experiences in a journal. The
entries became more lengthy as he grew older.
"Geisha at Gov. Uchida's luncheon,
Tokyo - Dec. 9, 1911"
inscribed by Welch.
Dinner at the Tokyo Conference, circa 1915.
Welch is seated on the far right.
Photograph by M. Hirano
Enroute to the Ming Tombs, China, 1915.
Photograph by Simon Flexner
"We started for the Ming Tombs, the rest of the party on donkeys
with broad seats or saddles: I on a pony with a sharp saddle. An uncomfortable and
fatiguing, also chafing ride on the backs of these most unsatisfactory beasts over a rough
road and path for seven hours, including about an hour of stops - covering a distance of
about 14 miles there and back -- Still the sight is not to be missed..." Welch
diary, September 26, 1915
The Great Wall of China, the Nankow Pass.
"The view of it is wonderfully fine, one of the great sights of
the world, the most stupendous work of man, when taken in its entirety. We saw it winding
like a serpent, climbing steep heights dipping into valleys, stretching as far as the eye
could reach on both sides of us... Many flowers in the broad path along top of the wall--
bluebells, asters, pinks." Welch Diary, 1915
China Medical Commission of the Rockefeller Foundation. Visit to Tsing
Hua College, Peking, China, Oct. 5, 1915
Dedication of the
Peking Union Medical College,
View of the Peking Union Medical College, circa 1921.
The Union Medical College in Peking was founded as a missionary school in
1906. It was developed and maintained by the missionary groups until 1915. At that time
the China Medical Board of the Rockefeller Foundation assumed full support of the College.
It was the first school selected by that group to receive funding in their efforts to
bring Western medicine to China. In 1921 a six-year reconstruction project was completed.
The new facility known as the Peking Union Medical College, was dedicated September 19,
1921. It was modeled on the medical education program at Johns Hopkins. Welch served as a
Trustee of the Peking Union Medical College from 1915 until 1931.
The procession crossing the College Court, Peking Union Medical College,
Welch with Victor G. Heiser, and Wu Lien Teh, Peking Union Medical College.
Wu Lien Teh, and W. T. Watt, physician to the [Chinese] president, with
the Chinese members of the staff of Peking Union Medical College
(For more information about the Peking Union Medical College, see: Brief
Description of the Peking Union Medical College, page 1, page 2.)
Welch at the grave of French politician and writer, Brillat-Savarin,
best known for his Physiologie du Goût, a literary work on gastronomy. Belley,
Switzerland, September 12, 1927
Harvey Cushing motoring along the Swiss, Axenstrasse, sent greeting to
Welch, September 20, 1929
Domestic Travel - Trips to the Seashore
Welch was a frequent visitor of
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Welch with unidentified companions,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Photograph by Novelty Picture Gallery,
Harry Phillips, Photographer