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Arthur Melvin Welker

April 25, 1932 ~ June 11, 2022 (age 90)


Arthur Melvin Welker was born to Ralph Louis Welker and Bertha Henrietta Reichenbach in Brooklyn, New York.  Art grew up attending Pittsburgh Public Schools, graduating from Langley High School in 1949. Art worked for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as the A&P – a grocery store chain, to help put himself through college and support his family as well as continuing his love for music. While working at the A&P, raising a family, continuing his education, Art also was a member of The Eleanor Caldwell String Quartet, music director of Greenville Symphony Orchestra for two seasons-where he grew the ensemble to 70 members, and a conductor for the Wheeling Symphony. 

Arthur Welker received his BS in Music Education in 1955 and his MA of Music Theory in 1964 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Art was a private music teacher for fourteen years prior to his hire at Eastern New Mexico University in 1964.   He received the Outstanding Educators of America award in 1970.  Art was a long-time member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.  He received Certificates of Excellence for his and the ENMU Raphael Trio participation in the MENC Southwestern Division In-Service Conferences.  In the 1960’s Arthur helped to establish the Children’s Concerts for the Public Schools, the Cultural Affairs Guest Artists Series, the formation of the University Symphony League (now named The Friends of Music), the Pops Concert, and the Preparatory Music Department.  After 25 years of dedicated service, Arthur retired in 1989 as Assistant Professor Emeritus of Music.

In June of 1989 Mark Jelinek, a former student, invited Art to come play his cello aboard a cruise ship to Bermuda.  This event opened up a new love for Art.  He and his wife enjoyed more than 30 cruises. 

He is survived by his wife, Miriam Welker of Copperas Cove, TX and sister, Elizabeth Welker Clarke (Edward) of Ford City, PA; children, Paul Welker (Jesusita) of San Antonio, TX, Ralph Welker (Nancy) of Copperas Cove, TX, and Grant Welker of Portales; niece, Launa Elizabeth Washington (Gilbert) of New Orleans, LA;  grandchildren, David Welker, Renee Berban, Michael Welker, Carolyn Welker, Richard Welker, Stefanie Boivin, Jessica Page, Chantel Welker; several great grandchildren and grand nieces and nephews.

Arthur Melvin Welker was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Bertha Welker; son, Eric Stuart Welker; and brother, Raymond Allen Welker.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Following Art’s wishes, his ashes will be placed in interment in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife at a later date. 

Art treasured his years teaching at ENMU.  As an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the ENMU Foundation. Your memorial gift to the “Arthur Welker Instrumental Scholarship” will help future members of the ENMU instrumental ensembles. Gifts can be mailed to ENMU Foundation, ENMU Station 8, 1500 S. Ave. K, Portales, NM 88130 or made online at Please note in the online comment box or include a note with your gift that the gift is in memory of Arthur Welker.




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