Thomas Johnston
Thomas Watts Johnston, 81, a long-time resident of Hinsdale and Burr Ridge, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Frances and E.I. Johnston and raised in Shelbyville, Illinois. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1958 and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois School of Law in 1961. While in college, he served as a Senior Manager of Star Course, bringing in many notable musicians including the Berlin Philharmonic, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. During that time, Tom met the love of his life, Edie, with whom he shared 57 wonderful years of marriage. Gifted with a curious, powerful intellect and a strong voice, Tom found career success in commercial litigation with Chadwell & Kayser, then Keck, Mahin & Cate. He was deeply committed to community, serving as Chairman of the Hinsdale Planning Commission and as one of the key founders of the Robert Crown Health Center. He served on the board of Soli Deo Gloria, an organization dedicated to the composition of sacred classical music. Long-time active members of Christ Church of Oak Brook, Tom was an elder and along with Edie, taught Sunday School for 20 years. Tom had a strong Christian faith, a steadfast tenderness toward his family, and a deep love of music. He is survived by his wife, Edith, nee Boyd; children Beth Frances Stephenson (Scott) , Thomas Boyd Johnston, and Julie Anne Johnston; grandchildren Rev. Peter N. Johnston (Carla), Emma, Abigail, Claire and Rebecca Johnston, Virginia and Caroline Stephenson; great-grandchildren Elsie, Horatio, and Madalena Johnston; brother Robert C. Johnston (Debi), and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st & York Rd. Oak Brook. Memorials may be made to: Christ Church of Oak Brook, Soli Deo Gloria, Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, or the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. Arrangements by Sullivan Funeral Home Hinsdale, 630-323-0275 or

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Published by Chicago Tribune from Jun. 10 to Jun. 22, 2017.
Memorial service
Christ Church of Oak Brook
31st & York Rd.
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Sullivan Funeral Home
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I really enjoyed being in the small Bible study group with Tom back when I lived in that area and went to the same church. My condolences to the family for the loss of a wonderful man.
Jared Wickam
April 2, 2019
I am so sad to find out about this while trying to reconnect with many memories. RIP
August 3, 2018
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
From the Staff of Sullivan Funeral Home
June 14, 2017
My life has been enriched by knowing Tom and Edie. We have lost a great man.
vici broske
June 13, 2017