After 98 years of a full and joyful earthly life, John "Jack" Johnson passed into the next onJanuary 18, 2023. He was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Jane Wyncoop Johnson, onMarch 22, 2021. They had 80 years together are now reunited.Both were born in small towns in western Pennsylvania and met in junior high school.Jack was a class president and Jane an athlete in multiple sports.Like most men of his generation, Jack served in the military during WWII. Between 1943-1946, he flew 55 air observation missions with the U.S. Army Artillery in the EuropeanTheatre and was awarded the Air Medal with 4 bronze stars and a battlefield commission.During that time, Jane was at home--one of 3 sisters--caring for her father and brotherwho had significant health issues. Certainly both were marked by these years. Jackcontinued to grow as a leader in his professional world and Jane developed a deepcompassion for others, becoming an important contributor in the communities theycalled home.After the war, in 1949, Jack graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a B.S. inManagement Engineering and Jane completed 2 years of college at West Virginia Wesleyan.By August 8, 1948, they were married and began to build their lives together.Jack returned to Carnegie Tech and over the years helped to create what is now CarnegieMellon University where he worked as both Executive Secretary of the Alumni Federation,guiding alumni activities and fund raising, to Vice President for Development at CMU (1966-1978) where he was responsible for major fund raising campaigns. In intervening years, heserved as both Associate and Executive Director of the American Alumni Council inWashington D.C., Vice President for Development, Butler University (1966-78) and finally in1978 he became President of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, retiring in 1988.He received the first Trustee Medal of Distinction for his contribution to the long-termdevelopment of Butler.During all of those professional years--whether in Pittsburgh, Washington orIndianapolis--Jack and Jane were a team. While Jack was in the office, Jane was a vitalmember of many organizations as a volunteer. Ever curious and a compassionate listener,Jane was beloved wherever they lived. They raised 2 children: Scott, born August 1, 1950and Lynn, born March 11, 1953. Both are adopted and feel they were given the greatest giftof these parents.After retirement, Tucson, Arizona became home. For over 30 years Jack and Jane enjoyedthe beauty of their new home state. Again, rich friendships and their volunteer spiritsguided their life activities. They were founding members of several foundations thatsupported civic engagement and most importantly, education. In 1987, they created theScotlyn Fund at Butler University to support minority students.The Scholarship funds and community organizations they helped to create are still makinglives better in their last community of Splendido in Oro Valley where they lived forover 15 years. Attendance by son, Scott, visits by daughter, Lynn, and the compassionatecare of extraordinary caregivers--Georgina, Mei, Frances, Amanda and Gloria--made itpossible for Jack to stay in the home for his last breathtaking view of the Santa CatalinaMountains.\n\nThere are no gallery images.