GEORGE DONALD JOHNSTON JR. - VERO BEACH, Fla. - Don Johnston (George Donald Johnston Jr.), 86, of Vero Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2014. He was born to the late Isabella and George D. Johnston Sr., and is survived by his wife, Sarita; his three sons; Don, Richard and Michael; his nine grandchildren, and his sister, Louise. He was a WWII veteran, and worked his entire career at the J. Walter Thompson Company, where he rose through the international division overseas to become President and CEO from 1974-1978, and Chairman and 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. 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, Fla.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 11, 2014