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Johnnie Eng, a San Antonio resident for many years, passed away, Dec. 12, 2007. He was born in Laredo, the son of the late Harry and Evangelina Eng on August 26, 1944. His childhood was spent in Laredo where he graduated from Martin High School in 1961 and received an Associate of Arts degree from Laredo Junior College in 1963. He received his BA in History and Spanish from the University of North Texas in 1965 and a Master in Teaching Spanish degree from Trinity University in 1985. He taught for 35 years at Alamo Heights High School after teaching 4 years in the Fort Worth Public Schools. He was active in various organizations and held offices in them. He held the offices of Secretary, President-Elect and President of the Texas Foreign Language Association. He served as President and Treasurer of the Alamo Heights Teachers Association, President, Treasurer, and National Spanish Exam coordinator for the San Antonio de Béjar Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, as a Table Leader for the grading of AP examinations, was part of the Spanish Test Development Committee, conducted numerous seminars for the College Board in the United States and Buenos Aires, Argentina; San José, Costa Rica; and London, England, and was a member of the Retired Teachers of Alamo Heights ISD. In 2001, he received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Texas Ex-Students Association and the Department of Education of the University of Texas; was named Teacher of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association; and National Spanish Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, William and Philip Eng. Survivors include his sister Anna Sampson (Donald), Betty Gonzales (Arnulfo), Sandra Cano (Joe) of San Antonio as well as his brothers, Steven Flores and wife Cindy, and Joe Leal. He is also survived by his nephews, Arnulfo Gonzales, Jr. (Vanessa), John Anthony Gonzales, Richard Sampson (Jennifer), Thomas Smith (Amy) and his niece Dee Ann Sampson and numerous other relatives. He also leaves behind a great number of former students, their parents and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, you may donate contributions to the Alamo Heights ISD Foundation, 7101 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 for the Johnnie Eng Excellence in Teaching Fund, established by his former students at his retirement in 2003. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15th at Alamo Hts. High School Auditorium, with former students, Dan C. Perry, Lee A. Lahourcade, Bruce Hill and William Kingman delivering memories of Mr. Eng. Sunset Funeral Home.

Published in Express-News on Dec. 14, 2007
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