William Watson, Ph.D., Honored at Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
William Watson, Ph.D., professor of History and chair of Immaculata’s History and Political Science Department, is among six people being recognized for the “Ring of Honor” at the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on Sunday, March 11.
The St. Patrick’s Ring of Honor is to recognize those who have given exemplary service in and to the Irish Community of the Philadelphia Tri-State area. Honorees are persons who have Irish backgrounds or who have made a profound impact in the Irish Community or the Parade.
Dr. Watson, through his tremendous efforts with his brother Frank Watson and associate Earl Schandelmeier, have brought final rest to the 57 Irish immigrants who died in 1832 of cholera while building the Pennsylvania Railroad – known as Duffy’s Cut. His dedication and hard work to excavate the remains has brought world-wide attention to the Duffy’s Cut project. On Friday, March 9, two days before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a Memorial and Burial ceremony finally laid to rest the Irish immigrants who came to the United States looking for a better life.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.