Lou Welsh, USC's 1952 Football Captain, Died Feb. 14

Feb. 18, 2005

Lou Welsh, who captained the 1952 USC football team that beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, died on Feb. 14 in Reno, Nev. He was 73.

A memorial service will be held on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 161 So. Hill Ave., Pasadena, with a reception immediately following at Annandale Golf Club, 1 No. San Rafael Ave., Pasadena.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the USC Catholic Center Capital Campaign (www.catholictrojan.com) or USC/Norris Cancer Center (http://ccnt.hsc.usc.edu/about/help.htm).

Welsh was a 3-year (1950-51-52) letterman center and linebacker for the Trojans. He earned All-Conference honors as a center in 1952. That 1952 team won its first 9 games before finishing 10-1 overall and fifth in the final AP poll. USC defeated Wisconsin, 7-0, in the 1953 Rose Bowl.

He also was the Most Inspirational Player on the 1951 USC team that started off the season with 7 consecutive wins before losing its final 3 contests.

He won USC's Spartan Award in 1950 as the top junior varsity player.

Although he was drafted by the Rams in 1953, he instead beganworking at Washington Iron Works, a steel contracting firm in Gardena, Calif. He then became owner and operator of the company until semi-retiring to Northern California a few years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and his brother, Dick, who was a 3-year (1953-54-55) letterman on USC's basketball team, plus seven children-Dan, Karey, Rich, Rebecca, Jeni, Luke and Nick-and 24 grandchildren.

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