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Arthur K. Watson

AKA Arthur Kittredge Watson

Born: 23-Apr-1919
Birthplace: Summit, NJ
Died: 26-Jul-1974
Location of death: Norwalk, CT [1]
Cause of death: Accident - Fall

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Diplomat
Party Affiliation: Republican [2]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Past President of IBM World Corp.

Military service: US Army (Ordnance Department, 1942-47)


[1] Suffered a fall at his home in New Canaan, CT, and later died at Norwalk Hospital.

[2] Left the Democratic Party in 1972 to support Richard M. Nixon's presidential campaign.

Father: Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM, b. 1874, d. 1956)
Mother: Jeanette M. Kittredge
Brother: Thomas J. Watson, Jr. (CEO of IBM, 1956-71)
Sister: Jane
Sister: Helen
Wife: Ann Hemingway ("Nancy", b. 1919, m. to his death, then m. Stuart Symington, six children)
Son: Arthur K. Watson
Son: Stuart H. Watson
Son: David J. Watson
Daughter: Ann Carroll
Daughter: Jane White
Daughter: Caroline T. Watson

    High School: The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
    University: BA, Yale University (1942)
    Administrator: Trustee, Hotchkiss School
    Administrator: Trustee, Ethel Walker School
    Administrator: Fellow, Corporation of Yale University

    US Ambassador to France (1970-72)
    IBM President, IBM World Trade Corp. (1954-70)
    IBM Senior VP (1964-70)
    IBM Head of corporate staff (1963-64)
    IBM VP (1959-64)
    IBM VP, IBM World Trade Corp. (1947-54)
    IBM Personal secretary to Thomas J. Watson; translator (1947-49)
    Member of the Board of IBM (1972-74)
    Member of the Board of IBM Vice Chairman (1966-70)
    International Chamber of Commerce President (1967-68)
    Emergency Committee for American Trade Cofounder
    French Legion of Honor
    Risk Factors: Asthma


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