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William Gordon Johnston ’39

Published in Apr. 23, 2003, issue

After a brief illness, Pee Wee died Dec. 13, 2002, at his winter home in Delray Beach, Fla. After graduation, Pee Wee had a brief stint with NBC, but with the advent of war joined Pan Am, and from 1940 to 1945, he ferried planes to Africa and the Pacific theater. He then joined his stepfather, Robert Finney of Street and Finney Advertising, where in 1963 he was elected president. Through a series of mergers, that agency finally wound up as Darcy Masius Benton and Bowles. Pee Wee retired as chairman in 1980.

Golf was his game, and he excelled at it. He was a member of BaltuSrol Golf Club, where he was club champion in the 1950s. But a few years ago, severe arthritis led to wrist surgery, and he finally had to give up his golf. By the time of our 60th reunion, he and his wife, Nancy, were living at the Windrows in Princeton, when not at their winter home in Florida.

Predeceased by Nancy, he is survived by his daughters Deborah, Cynthia, and Martha, and by two stepsons, Robert and John Gefaell. We offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

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