The Legacy of the Watson School Founders
The Watson School Founders are those individuals who shaped the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at the time of its founding in 1983. The list of Founders was developed through review of historical records and discussion with individuals involved.
In 1998, the Watson School recognized and honored its Founders and established the Founders Awards to recognize individuals who have provided unique support to the Watson School. The contribution of the Founders imparts a legacy of cooperation between industry, community and academy.
Photo caption, May 15, 1998: Posing with President DeFleur and Founding Dean Lyle Feisel are industry, government and education leaders who founded the Watson School in 1983. Seated: Jim Tallon, Rudy Lawson, Bill Turner, Darwin Wales. Standing: Cliff Clark, Wells Allen, Bob Best, Jim Carrigg, Carl Conti, Dean Feisel, President DeFleur, Martin McCann, Ted Mulford, George Stein, Charles Barron, Warren Anderson. Absent: George Houser, James McCabe, Sr., Arthur Smith, Patrick Toole.
On the Friday preceding Commencement, the Dean of the Watson School hosted a special dinner honoring the Founders. Each Founder received a framed certificate recognizing his role in the founding of the Watson School. Founders were also invited to the Watson School's Recognition Ceremony held the Saturday before University Commencement ceremonies. The role of the Founders was included in the Dean's remarks, the Founders were identified during the ceremony and they were also listed in the program. Following the Recognition Ceremony, a matching certificate honoring all recipients was added to the Dean's Wall of Honor acknowledging this distinguished group.
In recognition of the legacy of the Founders, the Watson School Founders Awards are granted annually to individuals who have shown the same type of vision and commitment to the Watson School since its formation in 1983.
Recipients of the Founders Award may include, but are not limited to, volunteers who have supported the School through their efforts, individuals who have furthered the School's relationships with corporate partners, donors who have made contributions of note and alumni who, through their achievements, symbolize the best that the School has to offer.