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William Worden Watson, retired science teacher, bird-watcher

March 17, 1943 – March 18, 2015

William Worden Watson of the City of Tonawanda, a retired science teacher who had a passion for the study of birds, died Wednesday at Buffalo General Medical Center, a day after turning 72.

Born in Buffalo, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, in 1965 and a master’s degree in geology from University at Buffalo in 1970.

Mr. Watson taught science for 26 years in the Buffalo district. He began his teaching career at Bennett High School in 1970, and then taught at City Honors from 1977 to 1996.

He was a member of the City of Tonawanda School Board for 18 years, elected to six consecutive terms.

He had belonged to the Buffalo Ornithological Society since the 1980s, where he served as a council member, wrote newsletters, organized field trips, monthly meetings, speakers and programs.

A passionate conservationist, Mr. Watson was a member of Bird Life International-Niagara River Corridor since 1998, served on the advisory committee for Niagara River Action Plan of Canada and was a member of the New York State Ornithological Society.

Mr. Watson published works on the blue heron and great egret from his 30-year observation records. His hobbies included astronomy and bird-watching.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Dorothy Myers; three sons, Jay, Guy and William W. Jr.; a daughter, Dorothy; a sister, Patricia Dankert; and 20 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Forest Lawn Chapel, 1141 Delaware Ave.

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