THE HONORABLE WILLIAM STEWART JOHNSON 80, passed away August 21 after a sudden illness. Luanna, his wife of 49 years was at his side. He was born January 3, 1933 in Spring Lake, Michigan, where funeral services will be held. As a teenager he attended Howe Military School in Indiana and after graduation from Michigan State University he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Lee, Virginia, later moving to California where he and Lu first met. Bill enjoyed a 32-year career with IBM, spending three years in Paris and the later part of his employment in Washington, D.C. in 1988 President Ronald Reagan appointed him Chairman of the Institute of American Indian Arts where he was instrumental in securing and renovating the old post office building now used as the museum. He also negotiated the donation of land where today's IAIA campus is located. He served on a number of boards around the country, including Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Columbia College in Chicago, the YMCA of Washington D.C., Paralyzed Veterans of America and many others. In addition, he was Chairman of the Academy of Human Resourced here in Santa Fe, and will be remembered for mentoring many young people. At the time of his death he was serving on the board of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, a cause dear to his heart. He is survived by his wife Luanna, his brother Stanley of Spring Lake, Michigan, and a number of nieces, nephews ans cousins. Donations in Bill's memory may be sent to The Santa Fe Animal Shelter at 100 Cajo del Rio Rd, Santa Fe 87507. Contact Information: Mrs. Luanna Johnson 3101 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-988-8030
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900