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Matthew Hilton-Watson

UM-Flint Associate Professor Matthew Hilton-Watson died unexpectedly March 16 doing what he loved — teaching students.

Hilton-Watson was an associate professor of foreign languages and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages as well as director of the International and Global Studies Program. He was heavily involved in the Honors Program, working with honors students. No stranger to spearheading new projects, Hilton-Watson was working with the Cultural Center planetarium to do "Poetry Under the Stars," a special program that highlighted foreign languages. He also recently led a group of students to Montreal, Canada, for an alternative spring break experience.

Words cannot fully describe what Hilton-Watson meant to his students, his colleagues say. He gave of himself tirelessly, always trying to find a better way. His enthusiasm, his passion and his love of knowledge were infectious and inspiring, they add. He simply was everywhere, doing all he could for the university.

A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the University Theatre at UM-Flint.
— Submitted by By Mel Serow, UM-Flint

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