Regents' Proceedings 239
Andrew S. Watson, M.D., professor of law in the Law School and professor of psychiatry in the Medical School, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1990, after a distinguished career of teaching and research.
Born in Highland Park, Michigan, Dr. Watson received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1942. Following service in the United States Army, he received his M.D. degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1950 and his M.S. degree in medicine from Temple in 1954. Dr. Watson taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1955-59, when he came to the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of psychiatry and assistant professor of law. He was promoted to associate professor in 1962 and professor in 1966.
In the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Watson taught medical students and psychiatric residents, served as a supervisor of family conjoint therapy and as a seminar leader for residents in forensic psychiatry, and was one of the most active faculty members in the community psychiatry program. His research focused on such areas as techniques for simultaneous treatment of marital partners and the psychodynamics and community management of the battered child syndrome.
In the Law School, Dr. Watson taught a variety of traditional courses, regularly taught a course in law and psychiatry, participated regularly in teaching the negotiation seminar, and worked actively in clinical teaching. He did important work on the law school teaching process, with particular emphasis on exploring the psychological dimension of lawyer-client relations in the law school clinics. In his scholarship, Dr. Watson has been a true pioneer in bringing together the fields of law and psychiatry; his Psychiatry for Lawyers has been a standard text for many years. His work in law and psychiatry was recognized in 1978 when he received the Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association for "outstanding contributions to the relationship between law and psychiatry," and again in 1989 when he received the Seymour Pollack Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law.
Both as a teacher and a colleague, Dr. Watson enjoyed enormous success, not only in bringing psychiatry into the Law School but also in paving the way for the widespread introduction of many other disciplines into the study of law. More than most, he taught not only his students, but also other members of his faculty.
The Regents now salute this accomplished scholar and educator for his distinguished service by naming Andrew S. Watson Professor Emeritus of Law and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry.