We’re sad to report the passing of Honorary Trustee and committed alumnus Charles Watson ’50, who died peacefully at his Vero Beach home in Florida on July 26, 2018, at the age of 87.
Mr. Watson gave back to the Hilltop in many ways, serving on the St. George’s Board of Trustees twice from 1972 to 1978 and from 1997 to 2011 before becoming an honorary member in 2011.
He chaired the Trustee Awards Committee, sat on the Development, Finance, Investment, and Operations Committees, and included SG in his estate planning as a member of the Ogden Nash Society.
“Charlie was a great Dragon who truly loved St. George's,” said former Chair of the Board of Trustees Francis “Skip” Branin ’65. “During his two terms as a trustee, his enthusiastic willingness to support our school set an example for all who served with him, and he was the ultimate ambassador for SG.”
Branin presented the Howard B. Dean Service Award to Mr. Watson in 2012 and, during his remarks, called him a “true friend” of St. George’s who was committed to move the school’s 2006 Strategic Plan forward with a generous contribution despite the economic recession in 2008.
Mr. Watson and his wife Nancy hosted a number of Admission receptions at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut, for prospective students, giving potential applicants a warm first look at the SG community.
“Prospective families would come for snacks, refreshments, and a slide show of the offerings here at St. George's. One of the highlights of the reception was that Mrs. Watson would always prepare a home-cooked meal for the admission group to enjoy,” SG Director of Admission Ryan Mulhern said. “The warmth of Charlie and Nancy was shared with all prospective families. Charlie always said a few words about his experience on the Hilltop and his love for SG was evident.”
After graduating from St. George’s, Mr. Watson attended Yale University and later served in the U.S. Army as an Artillery Officer in the 11th Airborne Division, in Munich, Germany. In 1996, he retired as a managing partner of Brundage, Story & Rose, which at the time was one of the country’s oldest investment advisory firms before eventually being sold to Bessemer Trust and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy McCall Watson, a daughter Wendy Watson Porter (Christopher) of Vero Beach, Florida, and a son, Charles Ewart Watson (Anne), of New Canaan, Connecticut. He is also survived by his five grandsons: Charles McCall Watson, William Gunnar Watson and August Briggs Watson of New Canaan, Connecticut, and Christopher Todd Porter Jr. and Cooper Eagles Porter of Vero Beach, Florida.
Charles Watson’s obituary can be found here.