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Ludwell Harrison Johnson III


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Ludwell Harrison Johnson III Obituary
WILLIAMSBURG - Ludwell Harrison Johnson III, Professor Emeritus of History, College of William and Mary, died June 5, 2017, at age 90. He was born to the late Sarah Graham and Ludwell H. Johnson Jr. in Charleston, West Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Johnson; daughter, Abigail Johnson; granddaughter, Nina Johnson Waeraas; and son-in-law, Arild Waeraas. Discharged from the Navy in 1946, Professor Johnson earned his BA (PBK) and PhD (1956) from Johns Hopkins University and subsequently taught American History for 35 years, specializing in the American Civil War. He authored two books, numerous articles and reviews, and received many awards for teaching and scholarship, including the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor that the College bestows for leadership and service. He was chair of the Department of History for several terms, and the first William E. Pullen Professor. Concerned for student and faculty health, he also spearheaded the removal of asbestos from college buildings. In retirement, he spent long hours raising funds for Phi Beta Kappa student scholarships, enjoying walks in the woods with his feline friend, "Hal," and playing chess. He was dedicated to his family, including many pets that were dear to him, and will be greatly missed. The family will welcome visitors at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, from 5 pm to 7 pm, on Friday, June 23, 2017. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Alpha Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, Prof. Peter McHenry, Dept. of Economics, P. O. Box 8795, College of W&M, Williamsburg, VA, 23187-8795; and to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, 23185. Online condolences may be offered on www.nelsencares.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette on June 17, 2017
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