Richard Carlton Johnstone ’44 died January 24, 2009, in Nashua, N.H.
Richard Carlton Johnstone ’44 died January 24, 2009, in Nashua, N.H. He was born August 13, 1922, in Waltham, Mass., and prepared for college at Waltham High School, where he was class president for four years. He continued his leadership role at Bowdoin, where he was class president, and president of Zeta Psi fraternity. He accelerated his studies during two summers at Bowdoin and graduated in August 1943 to enlist in the Marine Corps. He served as a first lieutenant, earning the Bronze Star at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Following World War II, he worked for New England Telephone Company for 40 years. He was an active member of Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, Mass., where he served in several positions, including Sunday school teacher, church deacon, and chairman of the stewardship committee. In 1988, he was inducted into Waltham High School Football Hall of Fame. He and his wife enjoyed 27 years of retirement in Nashua, N.H., and Siesta Key, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marion (Wagner), whom he began dating at the age of 13; daughter JoAnn Vitali; three grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Rob Johnstone ’69.