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Solomon Brown Watson, IV

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fishing Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Key West, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Always The Same, Never Changing.

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1944
Birth Location:
Salem, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fishing Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Key West, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Always The Same, Never Changing.

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1944
Birth Location:
Salem
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Biography

Senior vice president and corporate general counsel to The New York Times, Solomon B. Watson IV was born on April 14, 1944, in Salem, New Jersey. In 1966, Watson graduated from Howard University with his B.A. degree in English. During the Vietnam War, Watson joined the U.S. Army. He served as a lieutenant in the military police corps from 1966 to 1968 and was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medals. In 1968, while still in Vietnam, Watson took the LSAT and was accepted into Harvard Law School. Upon being discharged from the army in 1968, he entered Harvard Law School and graduated in 1971 with his J.D. degree.

After graduation, Watson worked as an associate in the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould where he was one of their first minority lawyers. In 1974, he joined the legal department of The Times Company and became the assistant secretary of the company in December 1976, and secretary in July 1979. He was named assistant general counsel in 1984, general counsel in 1989, and senior vice president in 1996. With a twelve-lawyer staff, he supervises the paper’s litigation, copyright, and intellectual property issues and oversees acquisitions.

Watson has championed the cause of Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange. He was a member of the advisory board of the Agent Orange Settlement Fund, which was established to distribute funds to about ten million affected people. It was the largest class action settlement at its time. Watson was a participant in President Clinton’s Call to Action to the Legal Profession for Racial Equality and Pro Bono Services.

Watson served as chair of the Dinner Committee of the American Jewish Committee’s 1998 Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner and that same year he received the Pioneer of the Profession Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Greater New York Chapter of ACCA. He is a member of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. and the Anglers’ Club of New York. In 2002, Watson was awarded the National Equal Justice Award by the NAACP League Defense and Educational Fund in honor of his professional accomplishments, commitment to public service and legal excellence. Watson is an avid saltwater fly fisherman.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers segregation in Woodstown, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about his Aunt Mildred
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his hometown of Woodstown, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes the churches in Woodstown, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls the economic divide between churches in Woodstown, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers discrimination at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls attending a newly integrated elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers his childhood teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers the impact of Emmett Till's murder
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls the de facto segregation of Woodstown High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls writing for his high school newspaper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his freshman year at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls the Civil Rights Movement at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers studying English at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his prospects upon graduating from Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers Military Police Officer Basic School at Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his response to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s objection to the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls receiving his orders to Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes race relations in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers jailing a friend while serving in Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes deciding to attend law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Solomon Brown Watson, recalls his decision to attend Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls adjusting to life at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls African American students at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls hearing of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV remembers the news of his brother's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his first position upon graduation from Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls joining The New York Times Company legal staff
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls discrimination suits brought against The New York Times Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his first promotion at The New York Times Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls Myron Farber case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about the Judith Miller case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about the dismissal of Jayson Blair
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about The New York Times Company legal department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls New York Times Co. v. Tasini
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV comments on journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls how he afforded Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls attending the executive graduate program at Tuck School of Business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls his promotion to general counsel of The New York Times Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes The New York Times' acquisition of The Boston Globe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his diverse legal work as general counsel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV comments on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV recalls working on strategy for The New York Times Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about diversity at The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV reflects upon his position at The New York Times
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about intellectual diversity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about the Agent Orange Class Assistance Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his mentors at The New York Times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about other minority general counsels
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about affirmative action at The New York Times Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV reflects upon his mentorship of others
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about his first wife, Bernadette Aldridge
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV reflects upon his success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his organization memberships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV describes his awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV talks about fly fishing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Solomon Brown Watson, IV narrates his photographs