In 1936, homesick for his native Upper Peninsula, John Reynolds, '39 (left), planted an Austrian pine tree from his home on the quad. Eighty-one years later (and earlier this week), two of his grandchildren who are members of the College grounds staff helped take down the tree, which had been beset by disease. But a new tree from the Reynolds family cabin in the U.P. will soon be brought to campus and planted in the same spot.
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
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.
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.
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