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Set decorator Warren E. Welch dies

Industry vet worked at CBS from '68 - '87

Set decorator Warren E. Welch died of kidney cancer Oct. 15 in Los Angeles. He was 82.

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and IATSE Local 44, Welch served as department head of decorating, property, hair, make-up and costumes at CBS from 1968 to 1987, following which he served as director of production services at MTM Enterprises from 1987 to 1994.

After serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII, Welch joined his father as electrician running the footlights at Radio City Music Hall, moving on to several Broadway shows, including “New Faces of ’52.”

He moved to Los Angeles in 1962 where his first TV show as set decorator was “Batman.”

He filled that post on more than 50 TV movies and series, including “Gunsmoke,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda,” “Hawaii 5-0” and “Remington Steel.”

His feature credits including “With Six You Get Eggroll” and “Little Big Man.”

At Warner Bros., he was set decorator for the “ER” pilot and first episode, as well as two others. His last work was on “Dennis the Menace” in 1998.

He was honored by Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contribution to the Emmy-winning “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and received Emmy nominations for “Rascals And Robbers” and “The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. ”

Welch is survived by his wife Pat, a daughter, a son, a brother and four grandchildren.A memorial will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 from 3 p.m-5 p.m. at CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Bldg. 8, Rm. 3, Studio City.

Donations may be made to Broadway Cares or Stjude.org.

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