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date: 24 September 2020

Watson, Goodwin Barbourlocked

(09 July 1899–30 December 1976)
  • Benjamin Harris
  •  and Ian Nicholson


Watson, Goodwin Barbour (09 July 1899–30 December 1976), educator and social psychologist, was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin, the son of Walter Starr Watson, a biology professor, and Ellen Daisy Goodwin, a teacher. As a youth, Watson’s academic achievements and sober conduct exemplified the Social Gospel of his parents’ devout Methodism. Graduating from the Whitewater Normal School, by nineteen he had been both an elementary school principal and junior high school vice principal. During World War I he enlisted in the navy and was sent to the University of Wisconsin, where he remained after the armistice. After hearing Sherwood Eddy lecture on building a Christian society, Watson decided to devote himself to “teaching, preaching and engineering,” as he recorded in his diary. He majored in physics, was ordained as a deacon, and devoted his commencement oration (B.A., 1920) to the need for Christian character development....

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