Jack Watson

Jack Watson, 94, Professor Emeritus of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation, died July 13 in Denton. He joined the faculty in 1956 and taught 33 years in the department, also serving as chair. After his retirement, he continued to work as an adjunct and student teacher supervisor for 12 years.

He was a founding member of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, served as president, received its Honor Award, attended the annual convention for 60 years and was recognized for his contributions with the David K. Brace Award. He also was involved in the community, serving as president of the Cross Timbers Girl Scouts Council, as a coach for Little League Baseball and as a member of the Denton city recreation board. He enjoyed music, travel, baseball and studying the history of sport.

After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a navigator bombardier in Europe, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and his master’s and doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University. He’d been an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Denton since 1956.

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