OPINION

June 21, 1956

THOMAS L. WATSON: The philhellene and major industrialist Thomas L. Watson, chairman of IBM, died in New York the day before yesterday at the age of 82. Watson visited Greece for the first time in 1938 with his wife and was so enthused with his stay here that ever since then he was involved in any philanthropic activity regarding Greece. During the early part of World War II and throughout its duration, up to and during the visit of King George II to the United States in 1942, he made available large sums of money to Greek-US care programs. (…) He was elected chairman of the Greek-American Care and took an active part in various food missions to Greece. After the war he provided machinery free of charge to the UNRRA mission in Greece for the Statistical Service. For his services to Greece he was made a Supreme Commander of the Savior and an honorary citizen of Athens. GREECE-USSR: The new foreign minister of the Soviet Union, Mr Dimitri Sepilov, is to visit Athens in an unofficial capacity on route to Egypt. (…) The Greek government said Sepilov would have the opportunity to meet with the prime minister and foreign minister as requested.