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Howard Noel Watson

June 17, 2022
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Howard N. Watson, a resident of Wyncote, Pennsylvania, died Friday June 17, 2022 in Glenside, PA.  He was 93.  

Born in Pottsville, PA, Howard was a son of the late James B. and Lillian E. (Hunter) Watson.  His father was a well known photo engraver in the Schuylkill County area.  He was a graduate of Pottsville High School and later served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Howard was a nationally recognized watercolorist and illustrator.  His work has been commissioned by former President Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Walter Mondale, President Bill Clinton, singer Perry Como, Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsey, sportscaster Tom Brookshier, and art collector Set Momjian.  Mr. Watson received his formal art training at the Pennsylvania State University, Temple University's Tyler School of Fine Art, and the University School of Arts (formerly the Museum School of Art).

He had taught at Woodmere Art Museum for over 15 years and performed painting workshops nationally and internationally.  His workshops have been conducted at the New Jersey shore, Philadelphia County, Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and on Cape Cod in New England.  He has also presented painting workshops in Austria, Switzerland, France, Scotland, Canada, Hawaii and Norway.

He had served on Boards of the Port of History Museum, the Victorian Society, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Howard was an Honorary Member of the Allied Artists of America (AAA) and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society (PWC).  He had been an active member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) since 1962, and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society since 1958, where he served as President for 10 years. 

Howard is survived by his wife Irene (Fil) Watson; his daughter, Susan Watson; his son Christopher Watson; his grandchildren: Ashley, Amanda and Nicholas; and his great-grandson, Milo.  He is predeceased by his daughter Teresa Watson and his brothers, Robert and James.

A Celebration of Howard's Life will be announced at a later date.

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