R. Brownlee Welsh was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa. In 1939, the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Welsh, known as Bob to all friends, became interested in photography, acted in several school plays, and began taking photographs. After graduation he enrolled in Davidson College, where he joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, was active in sports, photography, and R.O.T.C. Tests indicated aptitudes in engineering, law and art. After service with the 87th Infantry Division during WW2 in Germany, which is recounted in his memoirs, "Two Foes to Fight," he married Marie-Luise Osmers of Hamburg and Regensburg. They have three children and five grandchildren and one great-grandaughter. Mr. Welsh had a career as a portrait photographer with a studio in Charlotte.