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John Gilbert Watson, dean of Business School at Bona

John Gilbert Watson, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure University, died unexpectedly Sunday evening after suffering a stroke while visiting in York, Pa. He was 67.

Dr. Watson, a native of the York area, was visiting with friends at a country club where he had played golf as a young man, his family said. He was taken to a York hospital, where he died at 10:15 p.m.

Dr. Watson, a professor of management sciences, had been dean for the past four years. Last fall, he had announced his intention to retire at the end of this school year in May. He previously served as dean of the Business School from 1976 to 1984. He joined the faculty in 1975. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Detroit and received his doctorate from St. Louis University in 1974.

He also was vice president for academic affairs from 1981 to 1994. He specialized in business policy and union-management relations as a professor.

His wife, Suzanne, retired last year after nine years as a lecturer in the computer science department at St. Bonaventure. Their son Steve is director of athletics, and their son John James is a professor of marketing at the university.


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