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August 18, 2018

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May 4, 2018
I knew Allan from our time together in swimming at Westminister School Pool in Simsbury. I enjoyed by brief time (about 3-4 years). I did not know Allan as a noted Sociologist. We were friends and generally talked about nonsence and enjoyed each other. Allan was a good person who enjoyed swimming as I did and I miss our conversations.
February 26, 2018
I went to Allan's blog to see if he had posted an essay, regarding the most recent gun massacre so that we could post on the Agency's Facebook page to continue to bring awareness to those we serve. I was so taken aback when realized he gone over. He will be missed by me and so many others. However the work and his words he gave to us will continue his work to end violence against women, as well as a guide to learn how to swim in this thing we call patriarchy. Love you much, rest peacefully
February 23, 2018
After yet another incident of gun violence recently here in the US, I went to Allan's blog to see if he had posted another insightful essay, one that would help remind me that there are sane and thoughtful people in this world, and I was shocked to see the word "was" and soon realized he recently passed away. I gasped and shouted "no!," and I was even more saddened to learn that he died due to cancer, something I just experienced with a family member which taught me how heartbreaking and cruel life can be. I am just a random person who never knew Allan, but his books and writings, particularly the Gender Knot which I discovered in the past few years, changed my life. His gentle nature, empathy, and gift for explaining things in plain, everyday language finally got through to me and helped me find my humanity as a human being. His writings helped me understand concepts of systems of oppression, privilege, and how deeply I had internalized misogyny and self hatred over my 30 some years on this planet. It was revolutionary. I hardly have the words to explain how radically my world shifted and my mind expanded. And I know I am not the only one. I am so tenderly sad that he is gone. Just in the past few years, many of the concepts he has written about and been an advocate for have entered the greater public consciousness, and more people than ever before are starting to "get it." Perhaps we are on a precipice, perhaps a sea change is coming. Am I am heartbroken that he will miss it. May his words live forever and continue to touch countless lives.
January 17, 2018
I was so sorry to learn of Allan Johnson's passing. I am a professor of sociology and an associate dean. I was introduced to his book, The Forest and the Trees, when I started teaching Intro to Sociology many years ago. Despite my PhD in sociology and my previous years of teaching, his book changed how I think about the discipline, how I teach my courses, and how I work as an administrator. I cannot thank Allan enough for the contributions he made to the field of sociology, me personally, and to so many students. Although I never met him, I will greatly miss his presence in this world.