Brother Hunter Brooks Watson Syracuse ’15 is remembered through a scholarship created by his family to honor his life and passion for Phi Kappa Psi.
Hunter passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Dover, Delaware due to injuries suffered in an automobile collision. Hunter was a passenger in one of two vehicles involved and, although wearing his seat belt, died at the scene.
Hunter was born in Fairfax County on September 18, 1995 to Judith Z. (Brooks) Watson and Jerry C. Watson Alabama ’64. He graduated from The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia in 2014 as a “lifer,” having attended the school from kindergarten through 12th grade. At Syracuse, Watson initiated into Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, following his father who was a founding member of its chapter at the University of Alabama.
Hunter was a rising junior at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology, and hoped to enter the field of data analytics, or “big data”, after graduation. He became interested in computers, Internet technology and related areas at an early age and continually experimented with ideas for web-based businesses.
In addition to his interest in technology, Hunter was passionate and knowledgeable about music, sports, video production, and Phi Kappa Psi. He enjoyed following University of Alabama football, and attended several games a year with his father, a graduate of the University.
Hunter’s Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity brothers performed a Fraternity ritual at the graveside service where each of the brothers read a dedication and then one-by-one placed roses on the casket after singing their fraternal goodbye song.
The New York Beta (Hunter B. Watson) Scholarship Fund will be awarded annually and provided to a Phi Kappa Psi brother from New York Beta Chapter at Syracuse University.