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“Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. Dennis made a substantial difference in many lives and I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with both of you over...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Cyndi Rosenblatt - HANAHAN, SC

“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis. He helped me finish my PhD and for that I will be eternally grateful. Dennis could sometimes...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: John Yordy - Wasilla, AK

“I am so sorry to hear about Dennis. Words can't express how saddened I am. May the memory of Dennis bring Pat and the family comfort and peace.Dennis...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Arun Seth - Toronto - Friend

“Dennis This is way too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with you Pat. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Philip Howe - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Damn Dennis. This is way too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with you Pat. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Philip Howe - Mount Pleasant, SC

“We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. He always cheered me on with encouraging FB messages as I battle cancer. Heaven has gained a fun loving...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Shannon Cook - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Dr. Watson was a great scientist and mentor. I'm thankful for his guidance and friendship. My condolences to the Watson family. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Sahar Saddoughi - Rochester, MN

“I am so sorry to miss him. My condolences to his family. He was my mentor when I first moved here year 2009 from UCLA. It's been a great honor to...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Visu Palanisamy - Mount Pleasant, SC

“We are so sad to hear this news. Dennis will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful husband, father, and animal lover. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Brett and Erin Burton - SC

“I am so sorry to learn about his departure. He was a great mentor, scientist and friend. He will be missed. Pat you and your family are in our...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Lourdes Nogueira - Charleston, SC


Dennis Keith Watson of Mount Pleasant, SC passed away on Wednesday, January 29th. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday February 9th, from 2 to 4 pm at the Hobcaw Creek Plantation Clubhouse, 430 Ansley Ct., Mount Pleasant, SC. Those that knew Dennis know he never liked to dress up so dress is casual for this event. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Mary Watson, his two daughters Karen Mary van Bakergem and Victoria Elizabeth Watson, his two grandchildren Ella Mary van Bakergem and Willem Benjamin van Bakergem, and his brother Michael Lee Watson.

Dennis was a retired, distinguished Professor in the Department of Pathology and the Hollings Cancer Center of MUSC where he was a mentor to many students, post-doctoral researchers, and colleagues. Dennis was born in Glendale, California in 1950. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Southern California (the other USC) where he met Pat. After their marriage, they honeymooned in a small sports car across the country to pursue further education in Maryland. In Maryland, Dennis obtained his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. While he was a PhD student, he and Pat had their first daughter, Karen. Dennis continued his research in cancer and molecular genetics as a post-doctoral fellow and had a second daughter, Victoria (Tory). The family moved to Mount Pleasant, SC in 1993. Over the next 22+ years, Dennis mentored numerous graduate students who have gone on to other Universities and Research settings to pursue research focused on many areas, including research to determine which genes are important for the presence and spread of cancer.

Dennis was a scientist and researcher but was also an avid fan of cinema and could easily quote movies from the 40's to today. He was a caring father that shared journeys to Europe, movie nights, games of Gin and Monopoly, and a love of dogs with his family.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and his scientific colleagues. "When we look into the eyes of our loved ones, we see not just their faces but also our love reflected back to us like a mirror." DKW

In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to either Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC, 29406 (https://www.charlestonanimalsociety.org/DONATE) or Carolina Children's Charity, P.O. Box 30068, Charleston, SC 29417(<http://www.carolinachildren.org/how-you-can-help/>).