JOHNSON, BIRGITTA W. Birgitta W. Johnson, 76, of Hamden, died on November 11, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. She was the daughter of Sture and Rut Johansson of Goteborg Sweden, and the widow of Roy A. Johnson, of Hamden. She is survived by her daughter, Soli Johnson of Hamden, as well as her siblings, Ulla-Britt Olofsson, Sweden, Solveig Mortensen, Arizona, Margaretha Magnusson, Sweden and Kjell Johansson, Sweden. She was predeceased by sister Gunilla Lundin of Colorado. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as cherished friends .Birgitta received her early education in Sweden. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1958 when she embarked on a career in banking. ln 1976 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Birgitta had a long career in banking in the Greater New Haven area with the predecessors of Bank of America. Her most recent assignment was in BankBoston’s Private Bank as a Vice President and Private Banking Officer, providing financial and estate services. She had also served as branch manager of various branches in Greater New Haven for several years. She was a pioneer of women in bank management, one of the first in Connecticut to be named a vice president. She served as Regional Vice President of the National Association of Bank Women, She was the first woman to serve as President of the Board of The Quinnipiac Club. She was also a board member and Chair at Whitney Center and the International Center, board member at The Shubert Performing Arts Center, and Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Upon her retirement, Birgitta continued her active volunteering in the non-profit sector in the Greater New Haven area, including City Missionary Association, Friends of Grove Street Cemetery, and as Trustee of Dwight Hall at Yale. She has also served as a docent at New Haven’s Grove Street Cemetery and was recording secretary of the Connecticut Academy for Arts and Sciences. She was an Associate Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University. She joined the board of Fellowship Place, Inc. in 1998 and served as its chair from 2001 to 2004, and then coordinated the campaign to raise funds for the campus renovation. In addition, she was Treasurer of Lake Point Condominium Association for 16 years. Birgitta was an opera enthusiast and a member of the Connecticut District Metropolitan Opera Competition Committee. She enjoyed theater, music, as well as art museums, an important part of her frequent foreign travel. Languages, singing and handcrafts were a lifelong interest. Her family in Sweden and the US was a frequent destination over the years. Her many friends in the area, including a group of Swedish women, were a source of pleasure, as were her French and Italian conversation groups. Burial will be private and a Remembrance Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Fellowship Place, Inc. 441 Elm Street, New Haven, or the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven.
Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 17, 2013