Memorable Manitobans: Richard Allan “Dick” Johnson (1932-2023)

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Richard Allan Johnson
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Engineer, educator, administrator.

Born in 1932, son of Skuli Johnson and Evelyn Truesdale (?-1987), he attended Laura Secord School and Gordon Bell High School. He was the first graduate in Engineering Physics from the University of Manitoba and joined its Department of Electrical Engineering in 1955.

Having served as Head of Electrical Engineering (1972-1977), he moved to the senior academic administration of the University in 1977. He retired in 1997 as Vice-Provost, and was a Senior Scholar until 2009. He served as President of the Association of Professional Engineer and Geoscientists of Manitoba (1979). He was also active with the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

On 4 May 1957, he married Elaine Lucille Porter (?-2017) and they had three children. He was an active stamp collector and a founding member of the Winnipeg Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

He died at Winnipeg on 30 November 2023.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Broadway Site of the University of Manitoba: Origins and Demise
Manitoba History, Number 51, February 2006


“Johnson - Porter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 1957, page 18.

Obituary [Elaine Lucille Johnson], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 2017.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 December 2023.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 December 2023