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Ronald Watts, Principal Emeritus

Ronald Watts Principal Emeritus Ronald L. Watts passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015. He was was the 15th Principal of Queen’s, serving from 1974-1984 and also one of the youngest, at 45, to assume the office. Since arriving at Queen's 60 years ago he showed a genuine interest in students, faculty and staff and continued as a mentor throughout his retirement. Principal Watts was a distinguished scholar in the fields of federalism and intergovernmental relations.