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Columbia University deans, faculty, alumni and students mourn the loss of Peter V. Johnson, who died unexpectedly on November 7 at his home in New York. Peter's career at Columbia spanned more than 35 years. Most recently he served as Director of Enrollment Group Special Projects and Special Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. During his time at Columbia, Johnson shaped the college aspirations of thousands of applicants and served as a cherished mentor and friend to members of the community. A graduate of Earlham College in 1971, he brought his abundant wisdom and generous heart to scholarship committees, professional associations, coaching staff searches, college access programs, neighborhood partnerships, and innumerable individual relationships. He made Columbia a home away from home for students, helping them gain the confidence to reach their potential. Johnson is survived by his wife, Jo; his daughters, Zenzele Johnson and Joya Powell; his sister, Rosemary Johnson Stewart; his brothers Timothy and Charles Johnson and his sister-in-law Andrea Johnson. A memorial tribute is scheduled for December 17 at 3:00pm in the Roone Arledge Auditorium of Lerner Hall on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus. All are welcome.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 6, 2017