Nathan Wilbur Watson ’35

Nathan Wilbur Watson ’35 died on April 8, 2004, in Bath, Maine.

Born on July 22, 1913, he prepared for college at Morse High School there and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1935, he attended summer school at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France, and then was an English language assistant in the Lycée Pothiers for boys in Orleans, France. After serving as assistant secretary of the Bath YMCA for a year, he was a teaching fellow in French at Bowdoin in 1937-38 and then began teaching French at Morse High School, where he served for 37 years in various positions, including guidance director after he received a master of education degree from the University of Maine in Orono in 1952. He was later assistant principal and, in 1967-68, was the acting principal. He was also principal of the Bailey Evening School of Education in Bath from 1961-1968. He retired in 1975, and in 1976 was the recipient of the Distinguished Bowdoin Educator Award. He was 1935’s Class Agent in the Alumni Fund for 28 years, beginning in 1976, and in 2000 the College gave him the Polar Bear Award for his many years of devoted service. In 1981 he was the recipient of the “Mainsail Award” for “service to school and community,” given by Morse High School and the Community Liaison Council. He had served as president of the Bath Teachers Club, The Bath High School Alumni Association, the Bowdoin Teachers Club, the Bath- Brunswick Bowdoin Club, and the Bath-Brunswick-Sagadahoc Retired Teachers Association. From 1977 to 1990, he was a Sagadahoc County Commissioner. A communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Bath, he served for more than thirty years as a lector. He was also president of the Parish Council, a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Religious Education Committee, and president of the Corporal Works of Mercy. In 2002, he was chosen as St. Mary’s Father of the Year. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Leonard Watson, whom he married in 1939; a daughter, Kathleen W. Goodwin of Bath; and a grandson, Jonathan Goodwin of New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY.