I was so fortunate to call Dr. Johnson both a professor and friend. He truly touched the lives of so many and has left behind such a lasting legacy. I will always treasure our friendship, which began so many years ago, when I was fortunate enough to take Dr. J's Intro to Psych course. After that course, I was hooked. Not only did we play weekly tennis matches together (he always beat me), but he escorted me to basketball games and athletic events. He was a wonderful man and I send my warmest and deepest sympathies to the family.
Dr. J clearly touched the lives of many. I find it difficult to limit myself to only a few of my memories even though most of my interactions with him occurred 30 years ago. As busy as he was, he always had time to listen, help me out, and share something humorous to make the day a little lighter. I still talk about my days as a teammate of his on the softball team, the psych-clones. The post-game activities were always the best part...telling stories and drinking cheap beer. As a grad assistant for Marge Lewis, I was located near Jim's office and was able to see first hand his concern for others and enjoy his sense of humor on a regular basis. With deepest sympathy.
Pat and family,
My heartfelt condolences. Jimmy was truly an extraordinary person. He had a deep and sincere interest in people. When he asked how you were doing, he was genuinely interested in the response.
I enjoyed the many nights playing softball together in the ‘old guys' softball league. While Jimmy had an affection and enthusiasm for the game, I think he enjoyed the post-game get-togethers for pizza and beer even more. Many a time we spent celebrating a victory or commiserating a defeat over several pitchers of beer. And I will think back fondly to those times.
It was an honor having Jimmy as a friend and colleague.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
I am so sorry that I won't be able to attend the memorial service. Jim was such a wonderful colleague. When I was Assistant Director of Honors, I sent many students his way. They never failed to have a positive experience and reported that he was one of their favorite professors. My daughter took some classes with him as a Psychology major and had the same wonderful experience. He leaves a big, empty space on our campus; we will miss him. Terri Ryburn
Dr. Johnson taught my PSY 101 class in a lecture hall in Schroeder the first semester of my freshman year in 1974. I believe it was an 8 AM MWF class. I was coming from a town smaller than ISU so the class had as many students as my whole high school. Dr. Johnson was so engaging and energetic that I looked forward to that class every day. I sat close enough to the front that he could see me, and I always felt he recognized my face when I ran into him. I was always committed to education, but Dr. Johnson fostered such a love of psychology that I completed the requirements for a minor and later earned an MS in psychology at ISU. Through the years I never had Dr. Johnson as a teacher again, but I would see him and even visit with him occasionally. His love for students, family, teaching, and his academic field always came shining through. Every time I interacted with him I left smiling. I am so sorry we will all be missing him, but what a legacy of memories he has left.
I remember Dr. Johnson as one of the warmest professors when I was at ISU. During the more stressful times in our graduate program, you could always count on him for a comforting smile.
Dr. Johnson was my sponsor on my thesis (1986). I asked him because he was down-to-earth and always so friendly. He put on no airs. He always attended the social gatherings of our Counseling Psych class -- he had such a great relationship with all of his students. I am sad today.
Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was truly a gentleman and a scholar . It was an honor to know him and work with him during my years at ISU. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Dr. J was the best! I had the privilege of serving as his graduate assistant back in 1987. He was always so kind to all of the students and was certainly a gifted teacher. I remember how he loved to talk about his family and always showed me the latest pictures of his children. He had a great love for all and will be deeply missed. His kindness lives on in all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Hands down, one of my favorite professors...ever.
Dr. J was a "fairly" good basketball player :-) and a terrific teacher. I enjoyed my time with him on the court and in the classroom during my time as a grad assistant at ISU. He certainly made a difference in the lives of many students over his career. Whitey woehlbrandt. Retired school psychologist. Seattle, WA
So very saddened to learn this news. My sincere sympathies to friends and family. I attended ISU in early 1970's for graduate work, and had Dr. Johnson in classes. My fondest memories were attending the School Psych conventions over the last 30++ years and always dancing with Jim. He loved to dance, no, he really loved to dance! Such a wonderfully caring individual, who always made you feel good and made you smile.
He was a wonderful professor. He had a very organized manner in teaching which was easily understood by the students. I have very fond memories of him and I am saddened by his passing.
Dr. J was a great mentor to me while I was an undergraduate and graduate psychology student at ISU. What I'll always remember about him is how much he loved the student-athletes. I was on the cross country & track teams and he always made time to go to the meets to cheer us on. He was the most student-centered faculty member I've ever had and was a huge advocate for me both inside and outside of the classroom. Recently, he wrote a reference letter for me for my doctoral application. He was always willing to do whatever was needed to support others. This is really a shock, and I and the rest of the ISU community will miss him.
Dr J was a wonderful teacher and mentor. He was kind, pleasant and totally enthusiastic about psychology. In my time as an undergraduate at ISU in the Psychology Department, I saw Dr J inspire numerous folks to be psychologists or to at least respect the field and what it had to offer. The Department will not be the same without him. As a testament to his ability to recruit, I am now a psychologist. Thanks, Dr J.
Dr. Jim was on my graduate committee, providing me with many hours of assistance. He also understood the challenges of being a veteran and returned to university follow war. He offered me letters of recommendation and encouragement for further graduate work, and helped me set a course for years of clinical work and outpatient treatment program development for veterans with war trauma/PTSD in Washington State. I am retired from the state, but I still work for the federal VA, and think often of my friendship with this wonderful human being! To Jim's family may I express my deepest condolence. I must be a comfort to know that he was so very loved.
Dear Uncle Harry,
I will forever miss you. I read all these great things about you, all the stories people had and memories. All the support you gave and all the silly nicknames. You were things I never knew, but you were my Uncle Harry and you were very special to me. I'll miss your emails, stories, and big hugs when I came to visit.
Peace in the great beyond,
What a fantastic teacher. I don't ever remember seeing him without a smile on his face. He was enthusiastic about teaching and his students were eager to learn. The Department of Psychology lost a great ambassador for studying psychology even if students' career choices took them in another direction. Any college freshman who did not have Dr. J as a first year teacher missed out on everything he had to offer.
Certainly, one of the most student-centered and supportive faculty members in the department, Dr. Johnson was always good for an encouraging word and some sound advice. His sense of humor was wonderful and when you interacted with him you knew he was genuinely interested in and supportive of you, as a student and as a person. He touched the lives of many of us in positive ways, and he will be missed.
Jim and I spent many a Saturday as volunteers for the ISU Track & Field meets. What a joy & pleasure to meet and know him. We will miss him on the "track". He really cared for his "kids".
Bob Starckovich ( just a track volunteer & friend)
Dr. J We will never forget you. Truly one of a kind. When Christmas time comes around and your wonderful card does not appear we will count our blessings that we had the chance to get to know you.
Chrys and I were so sorry to read of Jim's passing. I will always remember his kindness and encouragement during my years in the Psych Dept.at ISU He was great with the students and a great colleague. He was a genuinely good person and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayors are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Al and Chrys Sodetz
I remember Jim from my years at ISU when I was a master's degree student in psychology. I am so sad to hear this news. He was a supportive and caring professor -- a favorite with everyone. Please accept my condolences.
I am so saddened to hear this news! Dr. Johnson (affectionately known to me for more than 20 years as "Hoops") was an outstanding professor. More important, he was my friend. Pat, I am terribly sorry for your loss. Erik and Amy, I thank you for sharing your dad with me. He was so proud of you both! Whenever we talked over a basket of cheese balls at the Pub, he told stories about you and your families. I know that he treasured his time with you. Like a true mentor and trusted friend, your dad also played a pivotal role in many of my own life decisions. I would be humbled to ever touch so many lives in such a positive way. With love for you all and added thanks to Hoops for his guidance and compassion, Beth (known to Hoops as Splash)
Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We'll have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Herb and Nancy Stoller
I am so sad about Jim's death. He was a favorite Psychology professor, mentor and friend. As a nontraditional student, he was supportive in every way. He touched the lives of many. I am sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers.
Pat & Family:
Please accept Mary and my sincere sympathy during this most difficult time.
Jim was a role model to so many people, a distinguished professor, and an all-around great guy!
His legacy and memory will live on in us all.
Dr. and Mrs. Chuck Armitage
With a heavy heart I write this in memory of my high school friend Jimmy Johnson. Jimmy was a delight to know in dear ole CTHS. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Even when through the years I would see him at class reunions, Jimmy never changed. Feel so privilege to have called him friend and will value the friendship we had. Rest in peace friend Jimmy until we meet again! Phyllis Crouch Harmening
I'm sorry for your loss, I volunteered with Jim on several occasions. Really enjoyed him, he was a very nice gentleman to know. Going to miss him. The Lord has a good servant with.
Pat and family: We are so saddened by Jim's passing. We like to think he is just over the horizon ahead of us, just like he was on the basketball court and in students' hearts. As colleague of many years at ISU, I always admired Jim's spirit, his regard for everyone as an individual, his support of ISU (as a fellow graduate of ISU), and his integrity. He will be missed, but the many people he touched will remain as a strong memorial to his time with us. You have our deepest sympathy and kind thoughts. John (Math Dept.) and Anne Dossey
I was so sad to learn of the loss of Jim. I worked across the hall from him for three years in the Psychology Department and greatly enjoyed knowing him. He was always upbeat and positive and a pleasure to work with. My prayers for the family and his many friends as we grieve his loss. I am thankful for all the happy memories I will treasure of Jim.
So sad to hear about your loss of Jim. He was a respected colleague and will be missed by all of us here in the ISU Psychology Department. His energy and enthusiasm were unique.
All my best,
My deepest sympathy goes to the family and friends of Dr. Johnson. He was a dedicated and skilled teacher who influenced many students during his tenure at Illinois State. He was a professor when I was a graduate student in 1973-74 and he was the chairperson of my master's thesis committee in 1974. He had a great impact on my personal and professional life. I have fond memories of our interacts in Psych. 420, Theories of Personality, as well as during frequent visits in his office in DeGarmo. I will always remember his help and willingness to share his time and knowledge. Again, my sympathy in your great loss.
A man that has influenced my academic life and most importantly my personal life in more than ways than any man I know. He was my rock when my life got all screwed up and he has always had a special place in my heart. I looked forward to seeing him every time I came to ISU. Dr. J you will always be loved by me and my fellow softball players. Chirp! Chirp! Priscilla Welch-DeLaere
Jim's passing is a tremendous loss to so many. He was a wonderful person and I have such fond memories of working with him at ISU. You have my deepest sympathy in your loss.
Pat, EJ, and Amy. It was so sad to hear about Jimmie's Passing. He was so comforting to my mom after my dad passed. I will never forget the times when our families got together and Jimmie and my Dad would act totally goofy. He was a great man and will be missed. You and your families are all in my prayers.
Pat, EJ, Amy and family, we are all so saddened to hear about Jim. We're lifting you up in our prayers. I have some great memories of stopping by the house and asking if he had any spare hubcaps laying around! Jim was such a great guy to visit and joke around with. I could run in to him around town, and we'd pick up as if we were back in high school. "See-bird"....you will be missed!
Thinking of your family during this difficult time. Praying that all the good memories will lift you up and bring your family peace. I'm so sorry for your loss.