Gregor (Greg) Ernest Johnson December 7, 2009

Gregor (Greg) Ernest Johnson died on Dec. 7, 2009, in Falls Church, Virginia after a struggle with declining health since a quadruple bypass about 5 years ago. He came to campus from Harlowton High School in Harlowton, Montana. At Dartmouth he majored in History and was the Managing Editor of Aegis. He was also a member of the U.S. Army ROTC and served in active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the armor branch of the Army as a tank commander. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Returning from active duty, Greg attended UCLA and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1967 with a master’s degree in history, specializing in Latin American affairs. Greg joined the Federal Government upon graduation and spent his entire career in the intelligence community retiring in the late 1990s. Upon retirement, he continued to serve his country in the intelligence community. He was also a Certified Public Accountant.

During retirement, Greg tutored inner city children in mathematics, passing on his wide breadth of educational knowledge. He also administered the Ray and Nell Scholarships that are awarded yearly to deserving Harlowton High School graduates. He actively recruited promising students in the Northern Virginia area for Dartmouth.

In 2000 Greg wrote for our More Musings that in “…his commencement address to the Class of 1960 President Dickey said something to the effect that there is a curtain that prevents us from seeing into the future. I am sure that even if we could have had a peek, we would never have imagined or understood all that was to happen in these 40 years…I think I have been fortunate over these years to have had a small window on the events taking place around the world. I feel especially lucky to have had a close up view of the fall of the Soviet Union. During the Eighties I made friends with some of those people who were helping make those things happen. They gave me a very special education for which I shall be eternally grateful.”

So spoke a humble, good man who in his own quiet, competent way contributed (as John Sloan Dickey had hoped we would) to working toward solving some of our world’s significant problems.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Tom.

He never married and had no children. He is survived by his sister-in-law Judy Grande Johnson, two nephews and one niece.