Guy E. Johnson, Jr. ’50

Guy E. Johnson, Jr. ’50 died on March 11, 2008, in Harpswell, Maine, after a long battle with melanoma.

Born on June 24, 1923, in Stone Fort, Ill., he grew up in Maine at the family homestead on Worthly Pond and moved to Cundy’s Harbor as a teenager. After his graduation from Brunswick High School, he served duringWorldWarIIasaB-24 bombardier-navigator in the Army Air Corps. Following the war, he attended Bowdoin and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity, and then served again during the Korean conflict, training on B-52s. After Korea, he moved his family back to Maine, where he became a high school principal at Vinalhaven, Bristol, and Wiscasset. At Wiscasset, he coached the track team to three state championships. While a student at Bowdoin and during summers as a principal, he worked as a lobsterman. In the 1960s, he joined NASA to help promote the new space program, then returned to Maine and built the first shrimp processing plant in the state. He was instrumental in the founding of the Cundy’s Harbor volunteer fire department and the Cundy’s Harbor Library, and his hobbies included writing and reciting poetry and playing the violin. He is survived by his wife Helen, whom he married in 1948; a sister, Mary alum notes obituaries Ganske of Cundy’s Harbor; seven children, Helene, Guy, Herrick, Springli, Heather, Pandora, and Athena; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.