Carson Carl Johnson,, Johnson

January 12, 1930 ~ September 22, 2010 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Carson Carl Johnson Jr., a resident of Newton since 1967, died Wednesday Sept 22, 2010 at Waban Health & Rehabilitation Center, Newton, MA. He was 80.
The only child of Carson C., Sr. and Katharine (Oliver) Johnson, Carson was born 12 January 1930 in the then-segregated Baltimore, Maryland.
He was a graduate of Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University, Chester County Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Psychology from Howard University in Washington D.C., and in 1963 a Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University. He was Professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College, Boston, where he taught for 35 years, during 14 of which he chaired the Psychology Department. He served as faculty representative to Emmanuel’s Board of Trustees and on the Faculty Senate, as well as on numerous faculty committees (Faculty Affairs, Promotion and Tenure, Accreditation Steering, and Dean’s Search Committees) for which he received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution of Service for Committee Work. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1998, at which time a Scholarship in his name was established at Emmanuel.
Over the years Carson also taught at other area educational institutions including Northeastern University’s College of Liberal Arts, where he was honored for 35 years of service as a Senior Lecturer, Mass. College of Pharmacy, Boston University, Harvard Extension Division, St. John’s Seminary, New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, and Newton Junior College. Additionally, he maintained a private counseling practice for many years, and had been a research psychologist at the Bedford VA Hospital where he published in clinical psychopharmacology and participated in research motivation and psychosomatic dentistry.
Carson served on the governing boards of the Lexington Choral Society (later renamed the Masterworks Chorale), the John Winthrop Nursery School in Boston, Church of the Covenant, Boston and on the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church, Newton.
A talented singer, Carson performed as a soloist with numerous area organizations including the choirs of Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, Arlington Street Church, Church of the Covenant, and Christ Church (Old North), Boston; Trinity and Grace Churches, Newton as well as with the Lexington and Framingham Choral Societies.
A long-time member of Grace Church and its choir, he served at various times as Vestry member, Junior Warden, Lay Eucharistic Minister and on numerous committees (Organ Restoration, Music and Liturgy/Worship, Property, Finance, Clergy Appraisal, Nominating, Parish Profile, and Stewardship Committees). During his 32 years at Grace Church he assisted in various capacities under fifteen different rectors and interim or assistant clergy.
He was a member of the American Psychological Society, the New England Psychological Society, Society of the Sigma XI, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the New Hampshire Audubon Society.
He was an avid gardener, hiker and mountain climber and an enthusiastic devotee of classical music.
In 2007, suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, he became a resident of the Waban Health & Rehabilitation Center in Newton.
Carson is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (McCarthy) Johnson, two daughters, Cecilia Johnson and Laura Johnson, a grandson, Nicholas Johnson all of Newton, a step-daughter Christina Hoyt, and step grandchildren Sean Hoyt and Audrey Hoyt.
A funeral service will be held on Sat Sept. 25 at 11 AM in Grace Episcopal Church 76 Eldredge St. Newton Corner. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for the Dr. Carson C. Johnson Scholarship may be made to Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.
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  • Funeral Service

    September 25, 2010
    11:00 AM

    Grace Episcopal Church

    76 Eldredge Street
    Newton Corner, MA

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