Susan Johnson(1937 - 2018)

Susan Nancy Anderson (1937-2018) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the eldest of three daughters of Alden Clifton Anderson and Thelma Iola Stein Anderson. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1957. During graduate school in chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she met and married Ronald Carl Johnson in 1960. After Susan and Ron completed their Ph.D. studies, they moved to Atlanta. In 1961, Susan became the first woman to teach freshman chemistry at Georgia Tech. Susan then embraced motherhood as a proud parent to daughters Erica and Laura.

Susan pursued a passionate interest in figure skating from age 12. After skating as a child, she was appointed as a figure skating judge in 1955. During a judging career approaching 60 years, she rose through the ranks until she became an International Skating Union (ISU) Championship (world) Judge in 1993. Susan judged figure skating at fourteen U.S. Championships, three World Championships, and the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Susan co-chaired the first U.S. Figure Skating Championships ever held in Atlanta, in 1980; and also participated in organizing that event's second visit to Atlanta in 2004.

Susan worked part-time in Emory University's Chemistry Department for many years. She was a long-time member of Decatur Presbyterian Church. Susan's other interests included reading, sewing, foreign languages, tennis, duplicate bridge (achieving life-master status), and pet-parenthood to miniature poodle Fitzgerald. Susan died on January 17, 2018 after a long battle with lung disease. She is survived by husband Ron; daughters Erica and Laura; and sisters Judy Hadler and Nancy Tykwinski.

In lieu of flowers Susan requested that any memorials in her honor be made to the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the Atlanta Figure Skating Club or a . A memorial service will be held at 3:30 on Saturday, February 10 at the Decatur Presbyterian Church. A more detailed obituary is available online at

Johnson, Susan

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2018