Neil J. Johanson G’70

Neil J. Johanson G’70 died on November 4, 2016, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

(The following was published in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, November 8, 2016:)

MERE POINT – Neil J. Johanson of Mere Point, Maine and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. died Nov. 4, 2016, at Westside Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mr. Johanson was born in West Hartford, Conn., the second son of the late Rev. Mr. and Mrs. E. Jerome Johanson. He spent his youth in West Hartford and Avon, Conn. He graduated from Suffield Academy, Suffield, Conn. with a WALKS Foundation scholarship. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Boston University, Boston, Mass., a Master of Arts degree in Education from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine under a National Science Foundation grant.
While he was at Trinity College he donated considerable time to Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. as a volunteer male aid.
He served as a Sergeant in the U. S. Army Security Agency. He was stationed overseas for two years in West Germany. He held a leadership role in his company headquarters.
He married Elizabeth A. Collins on May 26, 1973, in Brunswick.
Mr. Johanson began his mathematics-teaching career in South Portland High School, South Portland. Additional teaching assignments included Newton South High School, Newton, Mass. Morse High School, Bath, and Lisbon High School, Libson. Aside from teaching he was a lead Math teacher, Math department head and Assistant House Master. He served as a long time substitute Mathematics teacher at Grey-New Gloucester High School, Gray, Mount Ararat High School, Topsham, and Cony High School in Augusta. For many years after his retirement, he donated considerable time tutoring Math to local Math students at Mere Point.
Organizations he was a member of included the National Education Association, the Maine Education Association, the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association of Advanced Placement Mathematics Teachers, United States Power Squadron, Mere Point Yacht Club. and the Democratic National Committee.
In the Sea Point Land Company at Mere Point, he served as President, Director, Resident Agent and long time Marine Commissioner. With the Mere Point Yacht Club he served at Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Director, Chairman of Race Committee, Interclub Race Committee Co-Chairman and Treasurer of the Mere Point Construction Fund. He was elected to lifetime membership in the Mere Point Yacht Club in 2003. In his Condominium Association in Florida he served as Vice President and Director. Mr. Johanson also served on the Brunswick School Board Public Advisory Committee on Policy.
Mr. Johanson was a life long sailor. He sailed the entire East Coast from the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas to the Bras d’Or Lakes in Nova Scotia. He spent many a summer sailing his Bristol sloop Vittoria with his wife in Casco Bay, Penobscot Bay or at Mount Desert on the coast of Maine.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; three nephews Bradford L. Johanson, Peter C. Johanson, David C. Johanson, a niece Victoria J. Kirshe; his sister-in-law Judith C. Johanson; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeased by his brother, Bradford Johanson, in 2005.