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Edward Carl Johnson ’60

Published in Dec. 8, 2005, issue

Ed died May 11, 2004, in Sarasota, Fla., after a brief illness.

Ed graduated from Jackson [Mich.] High School, where he was state champion in debate and extemporaneous speaking. Continuing his love of public speaking at Princeton, he was active in Whig-Clio, and was an announcer and disc jockey at WPRB. Upon becoming an English major, however, Ed concentrated on reading novels and writing during junior and senior years, according to roommates Jim Beardsley and Jerry Stoller. The highlight of that period for him was spending an evening with William Faulkner. He was also a member of Elm Club.

After graduating from University of Michigan Law School, Ed put his mellifluous voice to good use in the courtroom as a trial lawyer. He later worked in estate planning and land development, most recently with Johnson & McPherson in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. He managed to practice law full-time while commuting between Sarasota and Detroit in the winter, and Ontario and Detroit in the summer. Ed was past president of the Princeton Club of Michigan.

Ed is survived by his wife, Liz; their children, Julia Trautschold '88, Bridget O'Shea, Kristin Baer, and Edward "Ned" Jr. His children and his 12 grandchildren were never far from his side.

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