Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus, 1953-1959*
Dr. George B. Watts, Ph.D.
George B. Watts received his B.A. from Dartmouth in 1913 and M.A. from Harvard in 1915. He then taught high school in the Lawrenceville School, New Jersey, from 1915-1917, and in Syracuse, New York from 1919-1920. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1926 where he was also served as an instructor of French from 1920-1926. In 1926 he was hired at Davidson College and the following year he was promoted to associate professor. Dr. Watts published over three dozen scholarly articles as well as books inspired by the French-speaking Waldensian students in his courses who were the children of members of the Waldensian Church in Valdese, North Carolina. He was honnored by the French government with the title of Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1961. Dr. Watts served for many years as secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Teachers of French. Watts was honored by the French Government with the title of Officier d'Académie in 1937, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1956, and Officier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1961. He retired in 1961 and passed away in 1982. (see Ghigo, Francis. "In Memoriam: Professor George Watts (1890-1982) The French Review. Vol. 56, No. 1 (Oct. 1982) 7-9.
*Estimated dates of service based on available historical documents.