Bruce Watkins
1949 - 2021
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Watkins, Bruce 6/14/1949 - 5/23/2021 Ann Arbor, MI Bruce Allen Watkins, 71, Ann Arbor, MI, passed away Sunday May 23. Bruce A. Watkins was born on June 14, 1949, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin to Margery and Lyle Watkins. He received his B.A. degree from St. Cloud State University (MN), and an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Experimental Developmental Psychology from the University of Kansas. He was a professor at University of Michigan for 32 years, retiring in 2012 as Associate Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology. Within the Division of Kinesiology, he served as interim director, associate dean for research and scholarly activities, graduate programs chair, and member of the executive committee. He also was awarded a highly prestigious International Fulbright Scholarship in 1999, and served as a lecturer in Malaysia, traveling extensively throughout southeast Asia. Early in his career he studied the development of children's understanding about athletic competition and performance. His early sport-related research centered on what children and adolescents understand about the demands of athletic excellence, and how these beliefs change as they grow and develop. He also conducted research and taught courses in the areas of media effects and the interplay between media, sports industries and governmental regulators. More recently, his research extended to exploring public policy issues in collegiate and professional sports. He was an avid tennis player and had a wide-ranging taste in music, enjoying blues, jazz, rock, soul and much more. He also liked to cook, read, travel, play cards and do crossword puzzles. He is survived by his mother, Margery Watkins, son, Shayne Watkins, and granddaughter, Jada Watkins. He is also survived by his brothers, James Watkins and Michael Watkins, sister-in-law, Ava Carn-Watkins and niece, Kara Watkins and nephew, Andrew Watkins. Former spouses Susan Pollay; Ann Watkins-Schreiber. A memorial service is planned for the fall. Nie Family Funeral Home

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Jun. 6 to Jun. 10, 2021.
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June 9, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy to Bruce’s family and all who ever loved him. I remember his kind eyes.
Ellen Sapper
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