Remembering and Celebrating Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson (pictured in 2014) greeted students entering Lower Baldwin dining hall for more than 35 years.
Mary Johnson greeted students entering Lower Baldwin dining hall for the better part of four decades. She remembered every one of them. (Photo: The Pleiad)

March 1, 2017

The passing of Mary Johnson on February 27 has resonated throughout the Albion College community—from current students, faculty and staff to alumni to all those who simply knew Mary as a kind, generous person who impacted so many people who have made Albion a part of their lives.

And because of the outpouring of love and emotion from so many people for Mary this week, the College is planning a way to make sure she will always be remembered and treasured.

Albion College will honor Mary with The Mary Johnson Memorial Fund, with money generated to be earmarked for students facing challenging times and which will serve to brighten their days as Mary did for so many Britons. As well, the fund will be used to design a memorial plaque in Mary’s honor in Lower Baldwin dining hall, where Mary spent so much time making so many students feel at home.

To give, please visit the Making a Gift web page and include a comment directing your gift to the "Mary Johnson Memorial Fund." If giving by check, please make a notation of the "Mary Johnson Memorial Fund" on the memo line.

Additionally, plans for an on-campus memorial service after spring break are being discussed. Information will be shared when it becomes available.

Beloved Mary Johnson, ‘Legend’ of Lower Baldwin, Passes Away

Mary Johnson, who worked at the entrance of Albion College's Lower Baldwin Dining Hall for nearly 40 years.
For nearly 40 years, Mary Johnson was a welcoming, soothing, calming, always smiling presence at the entrance of Albion College's dining hall. And she knew every student's name, or at least it certainly seemed that way. Johnson passed away Monday, February 27, at the age of 75, and her loss has left a hole in the Albion College community.

Major Moment: When Explorations Become Declarations

Geology professor Tim Lincoln (left) and Jaren Johnson, '19
Fifty-eight majors, 31 minors and two concentrations were declared during Albion College's Declare a Major event February 21. And that’s a start. Indeed, one of the biggest challenges for colleges everywhere is to get students to declare their major, preferably by the end of their sophomore year.

Sanctuary Campus: Albion College and World War II

George Kawano, '47 (left), and Fusajiro Aburano, '48
Seventy-five years ago—on February 19, 1942—President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, requiring all West Coast Japanese Americans to relocate to 10 internment camps spread across the United States interior. Eleven months later, Albion College welcomed George Kawano, '47 (far left), and Fusajiro Aburano, '48, to campus.

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