University members remember business school dean fondly
By Tony Lee, editor in chief, @sHecKii
ST. BONAVENTURE (April 18) — A university spokesman confirmed John Gilbert Watson, Ph.D., St. Bonaventure University’s dean of the School of Business, died Sunday evening after suffering a stroke in York, Pa. He was 67.
University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F. sent a Notice Board email at 9:05 p.m. Sunday that said Watson was in “grave” condition.
Monday morning, Sr. Margaret said the campus is shocked by Watson’s death.
“John has served this university and our students for 36 years with the highest levels of integrity and distinction — as vice president for academic affairs, as dean of the School of Business, and as a beloved faculty member,” she said. “I’m sure the full magnitude of his contributions are impossible to measure. Our prayers are with his family — who are all themselves dear members of our greater university family.”
Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Watson, his mentor and friend for 25 years, impacted many faculty, staff, alumni and students’ lives positively in his time at St. Bonaventure.
“His example is one that has enriched the lives and launched the careers of thousands,” he said. “While he was set to retire in just a few short weeks, he had pledged to remain involved with us as we realized his dream of a new building for our School of Business. Certainly, our plans in this regard could not be positioned for success without his leadership.”
Steve Campbell, associate athletic director, echoed Fisher and said the athletic department lost a valued member.
“John was more than the father of our athletic director Steve, more than a highly competent radio analyst on our men’s basketball broadcasts, and more than a friend to our departmental initiatives,” Campbell said. “He was a part of the fabric and foundation that makes St. Bonaventure such an extraordinary institution.
“We will miss him dearly.”
[All quotes sent to The Intrepid by Tom Missel, director of media relations and marketing]
(To read an obituary of Watson, click here)