Brother Welch, 84, was best known for his work as the Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Co. throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His hard work and incredible business acumen made General Electric the most valuable U.S. company in the 1990s. In addition to solidifying General Electric as a powerhouse in the business world, he mentored businessmen who went on to run companies such as Boeing Co. and Home Depot.
After earning his master’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois, Brother Welch joined General Electric in 1960 and worked in the plastics department as an engineer. He moved up the corporate ladder until he became General Electric’s youngest chairman and chief executive in 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Suzy, and his four children.