Doctor of internal medicine in private practice for over 50 years and long-time faithful and enthusiastic supporter of the sciences at Houghton Alan R. Johnson ’53 passed away January 29, 2017. He was 85 years old.
“Houghton prepared me well for a career in medicine,” Dr. Johnson said in a press release from 2006. It was that longstanding gratitude for his Houghton experience—especially the impact of Dr. George Moreland on his life—that inspired his consistent generosity over the years. Along with endowing a scholarship for deserving students in the sciences, Dr. Johnson gave 1.2 million dollars toward the expansion of the Paine Science Center. His gift allowed Houghton to complete Phase I of the project in 2011 without incurring any debt. In honor and recognition of his support for the sciences, the college created the Alan and Florence Johnson Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences.
According to President Mullen, “we owe Dr. Johnson a deep debt of gratitude for his generous investment in improving science facilities at Houghton as well as for his gracious flexibility in directing that investment toward the projects that could most benefit our students.” Dr. Johnson is survived by sons, Ernest “Ernie” Johnson ’79, Alan R. Johnson II, and Dr. Eric Johnson, and eight grandchildren, including Dr. Alan Johnson ’07 and his wife, Lindsay (Morrett ’08) Johnson; Dr. Patrick Johnson ’08, Brian Johnson; and Hannah (Johnson ’12) Shay and her husband, Seth Shay ‘13 as well as one great-grandchild and a niece, Patricia (Johnson ’72) Melvin. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Florence (Nowak ’55) Johnson.