Esther Jane Johnson|
Born: Nov 24 1915
Died: Sept 20, 2012
Left fatherless by the death of her father, a law student, in the flu epidemic of 1919, she was raised by relatives while her mother, a teacher, completed her Law degree at the University of Michigan. Esther earned a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa, and then she and her mother moved to the west coast. Her mother set up a law practice in Vancouver, Wa, and Esther attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Law degree in 1940. Esther practiced law briefly in Seattle, and then travelled across the country on a train through Canada to attend Columbia University, graduating with a Master degree in Law. After the war, there was a need for attorneys to assist with the Nuremburg trials, and Esther was recruited. She worked in Germany at the trails for three years, and while she was there she bought a car and travelled all over Europe. Upon returning to the US, she came to Seattle where she established a private law practice. She was well respected by her legal colleagues, as well as the judges who heard her arguments. She practiced law for 50 years, retiring in 1995 at 80 years of age.
Esther Jane's passion was the arts: opera, theatre, symphony, dance, all of which she attended faithfully until just recently. She was an avid hiker; she hiked mountain trails all over the world. She was a member First Presbyterian Church, Women's University Club, and was active in the Eastern Star for many years. On Sept 20, congestive heart failure took her peacefully to heaven. She was 96
A memorial service for Esther Jane will be held on Thursday November 1st at 2:00 pm at Exeter House, 720 Seneca, followed by refreshments. Please join us, and share your memories as we celebrate this amazing woman's life.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28, 2012