Jeannette Kittredge Watson and Elizabeth Stoffregen May
Mrs. Jeannette Kittredge Watson and Dean Elizabeth Stoffregen May on the Steps of Watson Fine Arts Center at its dedication, . Jeannette Kittredge Watson was an alumna of the Class of x1902. Her husband, Thomas J. Watson, founded International Business Machines (IBM) in 1924. Her generous donation enabled the construction of Watson Fine Arts Center, making Watson the first building on campus to be named for a donor. At the time, Mrs. Watsonnulls gift was the largest donation received by the college, making her Wheaton’s first major donor since Eliza Baylies Chapin Wheaton. Designed by Howard L. Rich, Rich & Tucker Assoc. The 1938 winning design by Hornbostel & Bennett was not used.