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Watson Videos
Going Solo: The Watson
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Memories and Motives:
    1969-1999

Interview:
    Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
    with Walter Cronkite

Foundation in honor of Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
THE THOMAS J. WATSON FOUNDATION was created in 1961 as a charitable trust by Mrs. Thomas J. Watson, Sr., in honor of her late husband, the founder of International Business Machines Corp., widely known as IBM. The Foundation initially used its resources in support of a variety of programs. In 1968, in recognition of Mr. and Mrs. Watson's long-standing interest in education and world affairs, their children--Mrs. Helen W. Buckner, Mrs. John N. Irwin II, Mr. Arthur K. Watson, and Mr. Thomas J. Watson, Jr.--decided that the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program should constitute a major activity of the Foundation. Since that date, the Fellowship Program has granted more than 2,700 Watson Fellowship awards, with stipends totaling more than $29 million.

In 1999, the Foundation created the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship Program, which works with students from ten New York City colleges, offering skill-building internships and other summer learning opportunities.


The Watson Family in the mid-1920s: Dick, Helen, Jane and Tom with their parents, Jeannette K. and Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
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