Dr. Lloyd “Bud” C. Welling
April 20, 1932 - November 10, 2020
Dr. Lloyd C. Welling, age 88, passed away on November 10, 2020 in the comfort of his daughter and son-n-law’s home. The care and love they provided him over his last years has been extraordinary and the entire family will be forever grateful.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 20, 1932, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Jean Quinn Welling. He is survived by four children, Lloyd A. Welling (Judy K. Moehring), Glenn D. Welling, Christopher A. Welling (Ariana Chiani Welling), and Gwyenth E. Serra (Timothy Serra); nine grandchildren, Michael Shahen (Mary Shahen), Zachary Shahen, Elena C. Shahen, Sasha Mendoza (Julio), Blake Welling (Josue), Collin Welling, Tanner Welling, Baylee Welling and Hali Welling; and three great grandchildren, Graycen, Suri and Julio Junior. Also surviving are his former wife, Elaine P. Welling; his brother, Philip A. Welling (Kathy M. Welling); nieces, Heather, Shannon and Lauren Welling; and the children and grandchildren of his longtime companion, Louis Fazio, who predeceased him.
Dr. Welling began his career by teaching Scholar’s English at Taylor-Allderdice High School for seven years. He then moved on to nearly three decades as an instructor at Point Park University, the last 12 of which he served as the chair for the Education Department before retiring with the honored title of Professor Emeritus.
He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
An intellectual with a flair for the artistic, Dr. Welling devoted his energies and talent to both painting and sculpture before embarking on his long teaching career. He was a passionate educator whose legacy is ensured by the hundreds, if not thousands, of students he taught over the years, some who – to this day in classrooms of their own – continue to implement the many lessons they learned from him. He was a voracious reader who passed his love for the written word on to his children and grandchildren. A lifetime learner and scholar, he was a devout enthusiast of the works of the English poet and visionary, William Blake, and was most proud to have published his own treatise on Blake’s works and world view called. Eternity’s Sunrise: William Blake’s Vision of Christ.
Dr. Welling was also an avid student of mythology and comparative religion and counted the late Joseph Campbell among his many literary heroes. He drew much of his own inspiration for life from one of Campbell’s seminal tenets that one should “follow their bliss.” He took this advice to heart and was a world traveler, a longtime member of the Dickens Society, the Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, and several wine tasting and book discussion groups. He shared Campbell’s philosophy and beliefs with his children and many of his friends over the years and we think he would be most happy to leave those of us surviving him with one of Campbell’s most famous quotes: “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.”
Be kind, love one another, follow your heart and, most importantly, read a book.
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