Donald E. Watson

No formal services for Donald E. Watson MD, 80 of Lawrence are planned. He died Monday, June 29, 2015 at his home.




Date of Birth: May 12, 1935
Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas

Spouse: Betty Watson


  • Debra Jean Wilson
  • Heather Jane Sliffe
  • Scott Jacob Watson (11/13/64 – 10/29/86)
  • Four Grandchildren & One Great-Grandchild


    • AB: University of Kansas, Chemistry (1955)
    • MD: University of Kansas Medical Center (1959)
    • Intern: University of Kansas Medical Center (1959-1960)
    • Fellow: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (neurophysiology) (1960-1963)
    • Fellow: University of Washington (physiology and biophysics) (1963-1965)
    • Resident in Psychiatry: UC, Irvine (1973-1976)

License: G-24623 (California)

  • Diplomate: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1978)


Professional Societies

  • California Medical Association (retired)
  • Orange County Medical Association (retired)
  • Orange County Society of Clinical Hypnosis (Past President)
  • Society for Scientific Exploration (member)
  • Institute of Noetic Sciences (member)

Voluntary and Community Activities, Partial Listing

  • Founder and Former Chairman, Clean Air Coordinating Committee
  • Former State Chairman, Californians for Environmental Quality
  • Organizer and Founder, Society of Professional Scientists and Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
  • Member, American Mensa, Ltd.
  • Senior Research Fellow, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry
  • Member of Board, International Academy of Philosophy

Positions Held

  • 1959 – 1960: Intern, Univ. Kansas Med. Ctr., Kansas City, KS
  • 1960 – 1963: Postdoctoral Fellow (USPHS) Neurophysiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
  • 1960 – 1962: Instructor, Physiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 1962 – 1963: Assistant Professor, Physiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 1963 – 1965: Special Fellow (USPHS), Membrane Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WN
  • 1965 – 1973: Senior Scientist, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Biomedical Division, University of California, Livermore, CA
  • 1973 – 1976: Resident, Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine (UCI), Orange, CA
  • 1975: Chief Resident, Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine
  • 1976 – 1977: Staff Psychiatrist, Assistant Ward Chief and Forensic Psychiatrist, UCI Medical Center
  • 1976 – 1977: Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry, UCI Medical Center
  • 1977 – 1989: Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, UCI Medical Center
  • 1976 – 1989: Private Practice of Psychiatry, Santa Ana, CA. (retired)
  • 1978 – 1980: Medical Director, CPC Santa Ana Psychiatric Hospital, Santa Ana, CA
  • 1991 – 1995: Advisor to Board, Orange County University School of Law.
  • 1990 – 1997: Consultant, utilization review, psychiatry, Unicare/Cost Care
  • 1998 – present: Director, James Clerk Maxwell Project, Human Energy Systems Laboratory, University of Arizona
  • 1998 – present: Member, Editorial Board, The Noetic Journal

Professional Publications



Telicom articles (ISPE)



Computer Software

  • Pal Friday Office Manager, © 1988 Perceptive Publishers.
  • WorkHorse Series (CheckBooks, AddressBooks, PhoneLog, Executive, Invoicer), © 1990 Donald E. Watson, MD.

Nontechnical Publications

3 Condolences

  1. Joan Anderson on July 1, 2015 at 1:28 am

    “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

    I know your memories will sustain you at this difficult time. One of my memories of Don was when I first met him at Joe and Debra’s house. Joe was cooking, and the subject of marriage came up. Don said if Debra didn’t want to marry Joe, he would.

  2. Thomas E. Smith on July 12, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    First, I wish to express my sincere condolence to the entire Watson family.

    Don and his family first met me and my family in the 1960’s in a motel parking lot in Livermore, California. Don and I were beginning new careers as Senior Scientists at the Lawrence Radiation (renamed Livermore) Laboratory. During our years there, I got to know and to recognize Don as a brilliant and talented scientist who also had excellent command of computer programming and use. Seven to nine years later, the direction of our Division began to change and we sought opportunities elsewhere. He went south from Livermore to rekindle his medical career and I went east to continue performance of the type of science that interested me. Later, one of my business trips took me to UC Irvine where we had an opportunity to renew our friendship over dinner. A few years ago, Don found me and we again renewed our friendship. We spoke on the telephone several times – he told me about his illness and I told him about the death of my wife. I informed him that I would make plans to come to Kansas to visit him later this year. I am sorry, Don, that I missed you. I never knew that later would be too late. Rest in Peace my friend, Rest in Peace!

    Donald Watson, scientist, physician, friend. Your presence improved this world.

  3. Chris Dawber on May 29, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I never met Don (I live in Queensland, Australia) but his writings have influenced me greatly – particularly those relating to/arising from his time in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. Some of his perspectives were pivotal in helping me develop a model of supervision & support for ICU nurses. I only recently learnt he had passed away.
    I wish I’d had a chance to meet him

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