Goodwin Watson (1899–1976)

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Abstract

This obituary for Goodwin Watson (1899-1976) notes milestones in his life and career, including his PhD in educational psychology, attendance at Union Theological Seminary, and joining the Columbia University Teachers College faculty. During 1925-1942, Watson earned the reputation of being not only a thoughtful activist and innovator but also a scholar and researcher. After World War II, he became chief of the Analysis Division of the Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service, but within two years was forced out of office as a “disloyal citizen” by what was then known as the Dies Committee. He had gone to the Soviet Union and to Nazi Germany and had reported on features of their systems, including educational, that he considered promising. He held a professorship at Newark State College until 1970. In 1963, Watson and James P. Dixon were founders of the Union of Experimenting Colleges, an outgrowth of which was the creation of the University Without Walls. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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