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GEORGE DONALD JOHNSTON, JR.
Don Johnston (George Donald Johnston, Jr.), 86, of Vero Beach, Fl. passed away peacefully on January 3, 2014. He was born to the late Isabella and George D. Johnston, Sr., on March 9, 1927 in Elmira, NY. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during WWII. Don had a B.A. in Journalism and Economics from Michigan State University; an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and attended Harvard Business School's 61st Advanced Management Program. Don worked his entire career at the J. Walter Thompson Company, starting in 1951 as a trainee in the mailroom. His career involved management assignments in Colombia, Holland, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. He was President & CEO from 1974-1978, and Chairman & CEO from 1978-1987. He was a Board Director of Equitable Life Assurance Society and McGraw-Hill Inc., Chairman of the International Executive Service Corps, Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University, and Chairman of Johns Hopkins SAIS Advisory Board. Don was an active member of the Bent Pine Golf Club and the John's Island Club. He was an accomplished musician, artist, pilot and tennis and golf player. Don is survived by his wife, Sarita, and his three sons; Don, Richard and Michael. Don is survived also by his nine grandchildren and his sister, Louise. The internment will be a private ceremony for immediate family members on January 10. A memorial service will be held in Vermont in August, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to VNA Hospice Care, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Fl. The outpouring of affection and warm recollections from his friends and family reflect his extraordinary character as a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, mentor and friend.
Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 11, 2014