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Stuart Johnson

Died: September 22, 2006

Stuart Johnson passed away in his home on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006/>. He is survived by his three children, Leslie Anne Johnson Miller and husband Gordon of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Walker Holloway Johnson of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Sally Stuart Johnson Kelly and husband Ernest of Chevy Chase, Md.; four gran…read more

Stuart Johnson passed away in his home on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006/>. He is survived by his three children, Leslie Anne Johnson Miller and husband Gordon of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Walker Holloway Johnson of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Sally Stuart Johnson Kelly and husband Ernest of Chevy Chase, Md.; four grandchildren, Christian Ives Miller of Cambridge, Mass., Stuart Byron Kelly, Erin Sumner Kelly and Winston Bradford Kelly, all of Chevy Chase, Md.; and the families of Herman Hamric Holloway and Charles Rupert Holloway of Baton Rouge. Born, Dec. 3, 1918/>, inFranklin/>, Va./>/>to Gaius L. Hadden Johnson and Lelia Gary Johnson. Mr. Johnson married Catherine Holloway of Amite, La,, in 1941. They moved in 1947 to Baton Rouge/>/>, where he became a partner in the Holloway Companies. Despite his love for Louisiana/>/>, enthusiastic support of the LSU Tigers, talent as a raconteur of Cajun jokes, he considered himself a Virginian first. Mr. Johnson attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, from 1937 to 1941, serving as president of his junior and senior classes. He served as lieutenant commander of the ROTC Corps of Cadets, and was an officer of his social organization, The German Club. He remained an active alumnus and “Hokies” fan throughout his life. He was a Member of the “$500,000.00 Club” for contributing alumni and also endowed the Stuart and Catherine Johnson Emerging Leader Scholarship in theEngineering/>
School/>/>there in 1999. A decorated U.S. Army Air Corps major, he served in World War II in the Pacific theater under Gen. Curtis LeMay as a mission planning and analysis officer. After the war, he returned to Virginia Tech to earn a master of science degree in chemical engineering. Mr. Johnson enriched the lives of all who knew him through service and generosity to family, friends, and community. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served there as both Elder and Deacon (1962-1972) and a longtime Sunday school teacher. He had been a member of the Rotary Club since 1955. He also served on the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Patrons Board, leading efforts to increase tax support for Baton Rouge/>/>’s public libraries. For nine years he drove elderly and low-income patients to doctors’ appointments as a volunteer for the FISH program. He loved tennis and was a charter member of the Bocage Racquet Club. A lifelong love of classical music made him a strong supporter of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Baton Rouge/>/>public radio. Whatever need presented itself, his first response was always, “How can I help?” He is remembered for his sense of humor, “joie de vivre,” intellect, empathy, love of art, travel and Big Band music, great stories and countless acts of kindness. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Monday Sept. 25, was from 5 p.m./>to 7 p.m./>A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m./>Tuesday, Sept. 26, atRoselawn/>
Memorial Park/>/>. There will be a memorial church service and celebration of life at a later date. Memorial donations should be sent to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Patrons of the Public Library or to the Baton Rouge Symphony.

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