Eugene S. Watson, an antiques dealer who traded in 20th-century American modern design and was later an office manager, died of an embolism Oct. 15 at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 64 and lived in East Baltimore.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he served in the Navy from 1965 to 1969. During his tour of duty, he was chief computer operator of the Naval Security Station in Washington and served at times aboard the USS Wright. He served when his ship was known as the "floating White House" because President Lyndon B. Johnson used the vessel as his headquarters for a Latin American summit conference.
After leaving military service, Mr. Watson was the assistant manager of computer operations for Judd & Detweiler printers, also in Washington.
He and his partner, Daniel Inglett, started their own Georgetown antique business, Inglett-Watson, in 1970, specializing in early 20th-century American modern design. They moved their business to Baltimore in 1980 and opened a shop at Park Avenue and Chase Street.
Friends said Mr. Watson became an expert in the designs and designers of the American modern movement. He closed the Baltimore gallery in 1994 and opened a gallery in New York City.
Mr. Watson returned to Baltimore in 1999. He then became an office manager for the Barre Monument Co. on East Baltimore Street.
"Gene was honest. If he liked you, you knew it. If he didn't, you knew why," said Kevin Conley, a co-worker at Barre Monument.
Services were held Thursday.
Survivors include his three sisters, Linda Wingate of Lexington, Ky., Jane Anderson of Logansport, Ind., and Carol Garchar of Livonia, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.