Richard Michael Watson, 77, who spent about 25 years as a Social Security Administration systems analyst before retiring in 1996, died
Nov. 3 at the Washington Home hospice. He had congestive heart failure.
Mr. Watson was born in South Bend, Ind., and spent part of his childhood in Washington, where he attended Wilson High School. He
finished high school in Germany, where his father was working as a U.S. government lawyer after World War II.
Mr. Watson was a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he also received a master's degree in Russian history. He did
postgraduate work in Russian language and literature at George Washington University. He was in the Army in the late 1940s and early
Early in his career, he did computer work at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, among other federal jobs.
He was a longtime resident of Washington before moving to Silver Spring about a year ago.
He was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington and did volunteer work reading audio books for the blind.
His wife of 38 years, Mary Partridge Watson, died in 2004.
Survivors include two sons, Richard P. Watson of Midlothian, Va., and John C. Watson of the Bronx, N.Y.; and a brother, Dr. Charles H.
Watson II of Bethesda.