Robert A. Johnston Jr. ’51 died on February 6, 2009, in Westwood, Massachusetts.
He was born in Melrose, Mass, on March 9, 1926, and prepared for college at Winchester (Mass.) High School and the Tilton School in New Hampshire. He served in the Naval Reserve before college and attained the rank of signalman third class. At Bowdoin, he was a member of the Meddiebempsters, Glee Club and Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. Immediately after graduation, he entered a management training program at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. and made a career in the mortgage and real estate field, retiring in 1983 as second vice president after 32 years with the company. He was a former deacon of First Parish Church of Westwood. He is survived by two daughters, Eleanor J. Kontrimas and Candace J. Allen; four grandchildren; and a brother, Edward A. Johnston ’58. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor B. Church Johnston, whom he married in 1953, and by a sister, Joanna D. Johnston.