May 5, 1926 - May 23, 2009
Donald Cargill Johnson, 83, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2009. A private family service was held on Sunday, May 24, 2009.
Don was born to Margaret and Carl Johnson on May 5, 1926. After graduating from Proviso High School, Chicago, Ill. in 1944, he was stationed at Fort Lowry U.S. Air Force Base in Colorado, where he proudly served his country until the end of World War II. Following the war, Don pursued his dreams of being a journalist, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University.
Don married his one true love, Maxine May Ward, on June 28, 1947. Together they raised three daughters, instilling in each one a love for music and arts. By those close to him, Don will be remembered as an accomplished violinist, frequently serenading friends and family when not performing with local symphonies . Don's career as a newspaper editor with the Gannet Co. spanned more than 30 years, impacting innumerable lives through his professional and personal endeavors in New York and New Jersey. He made the transition to educating future journalists when he accepted the position of Director of Student Publications at Texas A&M University in 1977. Affectionately known as DJ to his students, Don spent more than a decade sharing his passions for integrity and the free press with Aggies.
Upon his retirement Don relished in his life-long love of golf, and coordinated gatherings with his high school and college peers, until severe arthritis and a stroke limited his mobility. However, he maintained constancy with his intense love of learning, reading diverse publications, at amazing speeds, always sharing his immense knowledge with those around him.
Don was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimber Lee Prior, and sister Mary Lou Hirtle.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Maxine "Micki" Johnson; daughters, Janelle Lou Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y. and daughter and son-in-law Lyneen Jill and Greg Osburne, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; twin grandsons, Zachary Lee and Colton Jack Osburne; son-in-law, Michael Prior, of Toledo, Ohio.
To honor Don's love of journalism and education, please send any memorial contributions in his name to, Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840 - contributions in his memory ultimately will benefit the Journalism program at Texas A&M University.
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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle on May 31, 2009.