MICHAEL J. JOHNSON

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JOHNSON MICHAEL JAN JOHNSON A memorial service for Michael Jan Johnson of Great Falls, VA, will be held October 12, 2013 at National Presbyterian Church (Chapel of the Presidents) at 3 p.m. Mr. Johnson passed away peacefully on July 29, 2013, of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota, on March 25, 1941, to Marian Ovedia Johnson and Oliver George Johnson. After graduating from Macalester College in 1963, he received an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and, in 1970, an MBA from Harvard. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan Lundberg Johnson of Great Falls, VA, son Bruce Erik Johnson of Seattle, WA, daughter Anne Ingri Johnson Fargo of Santa Monica, CA, and siblings Tony Johnson, Peter Johnson, Mary Overfield, Tom Johnson, Christy Valek, and Jon Johnson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Johnson's career and passion focused on international business. He was Assistant Director of the World Press Institute at Macalester College, inviting foreign journalists to meet with American leaders (1963-67). Following this, he worked in New York City for the American Management Association. He was later appointed to the White House Council on International Economic Policy in Washington DC and subsequently served in the State Department's Office of Private Cooperation fostering international business and cultural exchanges. In 1973, he was a founding partner of Webster, Johnson, and Stowell, an international consulting firm. Between 1978 and 1999, Mr. Johnson was Vice President of International Affairs for the FMC Corporation, supporting their energy, food, transportation, chemical and defense groups in developing and financing trade and investment opportunities internationally. He was also active in numerous international business councils throughout the DC area. In 2000, he co-founded an international trade and investment firm, the Drake Group. Mr. Johnson held board positions at the Foundation for International Arts and Education and the Great Falls Citizens Association, and he worked to develop a business technology partnership for Thomas Jefferson High School in the school's early years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WETA (weta.org or 3939 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206), National Audubon Society (Support Audubon.org) or a .

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 4, 2013
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