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REV. DR. MICHAEL A. JOHNSTON


1946 - 2015
REV. DR.  MICHAEL A. JOHNSTON Obituary
REV. DR. MICHAEL A. JOHNSTON The Reverend Dr. Michael A. Johnston died December 3, 2015, in Prairie Village, Kan. Burial service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105. Michael was born May 23, 1946, in Kansas City. Early in his childhood his family moved to Colorado. It became known early in his life that Michael was intellectually gifted. He is unique in that, following a career in science, he was ordained an Episcopal Priest. Following graduation from Colorado College (cum laude) in 1968 he received his Ph.D. in chemistry and biological sciences from Yale University. Chemistry and biology professorships followed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. He was a significant research professor and published a number of articles in scientific journals. In 1988 he left the University of Chicago and enrolled at General Theological Seminary in New York City, receiving his Master of Divinity Degree in 1991. Following ordination to the priesthood he served parishes in the Chicago region, most significantly as long-time Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Ill. One of the hallmarks of his pastorate were the tours he sponsored to holy places in Italy, Greece and Turkey. In 2006 Michael returned to Kansas City due to a disabling illness. Still wishing to be active in some way, he served until his death as Scholar-in-Residence at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. In this position he provided the Cathedral congregation with many seminars and courses of great value. He was a great teacher and prolific writer, and well known to most of today's leading religious scholars. Michael also had a passion for Byzantine and Renaissance religious art, opera, and cooking. He was beloved to the Cathedral congregation and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille Milanovich Johnston and Ellis Thomas Johnston and one sister, Cathy Johnston. He is survived by sister, Diana Rose, of Ft. Collins, Colo., and nephew, Demian Schroeder of Brooklyn, NY. Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, www.kccremation.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 17, 2016
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