George Johnson (b. Jan. 31, 1940, Boston; d. Mar. 30, 2010).


George Johnson PhD passed away on March 30 at the age of 70. He was born in Boston, MA on January 31, 1940 to parents George and Ruth Johnson. He married Gloria Johnson on May 2, 1980 who together enjoyed traveling the world, particularly hiking throughout the French countryside. George graduated from the University of California Berkley with a doctorate in economics and began teaching at the University of Michigan in 1966. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career, which included serving as Director of the Office of Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Labor in 1973-74, working on the Council of Economic Advisors in 1977-1978, and receiving the coveted "Best Dressed Professor Award." Particular to George was his sense of humor, which mixed his light heart and sharp wit with contempt for pretence. George's three loving sons, Eric, Alex, and Philip Johnson survive him, as well as stepdaughter Genevieve Fu, brother Philip D. Johnson, parents-in-law Dr. Morris Diener and Eugenia Diener, and grandchildren Rowan, Holly, Katelyn, Christopher and An. A memorial service will held on April 19 at Foster Library (265 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220) between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please bring monetary contributions for the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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