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PI GAMMA MU REFLECTS ON SCOTT JOHNSTON’S LEGACY

Scott D. JohnstonPi Gamma Mu lost one of its great leaders on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, when Dr. Scott D. Johnston, our eighth international president, died at his home in Roseville, Minn., after a lengthy illness at the age of 88.

His colleagues and former students at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., are remembering his 45 years of service as a professor of political science, including 30 years as chair of the Department of Political Science. In a statement, the university said that Dr. Johnston provided “his deep subject knowledge, commitment to excellence in teaching, and devotion to life-long learning to generations of Hamline students.” The statement added that Dr. Johnston, who retired in 1992, “will be missed by everyone who knew him, loved him, and learned from him.”

Dr. Joseph Peschek, the current department chair, commented, “Scott was renowned with students for his high standards and depth of knowledge. His classes on East Asian and Middle East politics helped Hamline become the globally oriented institution it is today.”

Dr. Johnston was initiated to membership in Pi Gamma Mu by Hamline’s chapter in 1953, and went on to be an extraordinarily active volunteer for the honor society for a half century. He served as Pi Gamma Mu’s international president from 1978 to 1984 and as immediate past president from 1984 to 1990. The international Board of Trustees named Dr. Johnston as an honorary trustee in 1990, and he continued to attend annual board meetings until his health began to decline in 2007. In 1999, Dr. Johnston accepted an assignment to conduct research into Pi Gamma Mu’s history, resulting in the comprehensive narrative entitled Pi Gamma Mu’s First 75 Years. The board inducted him into the society’s Hall of Fame in 2006.

Pi Gamma Mu volunteers who have been active at the international level over the past several decades are paying tribute to Dr. Johnston for the dedication, encouragement, and fellowship that he brought to every board meeting and international convention. “Scott was a leader with high ideals, and his devotion to service to others was selfless,” said international president Gordon E. Mercer. “He played a significant role in selecting and mentoring future leaders in Pi Gamma Mu. We truly cared about Scott, and he genuinely cared about us,” the president observed.

Dr. Johnston’s long-time close friend Dr. Jean Karlen, immediate past president of Pi Gamma Mu, represented the society at his funeral on Friday, Sept. 2, in St. Paul. Dr. Johnston is survived by his wife of 68 years, Laura, and two children, Linda and Laurance. While our honor society itself is in mourning, we express our heartfelt sympathy to his family on the loss of a loving husband and father, a great teacher and scholar, and a true giant in the history of Pi Gamma Mu.

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