[TACRAO] Listserv Hall's Comment: Death of Dr. Robert A. (Dr. Bob) Johnston

Hall, John A. (University Registrar) jhall at mail.smu.edu
Sat Sep 6 21:58:51 CDT 2014

Becki -

Thank you for sharing this.

I had the privilege to work with Bob in several ways in TACRAO and AACRAO. He was a hard worker, solid professional and committed to the advancement of our associations. Bob and I served together on the TACARO EC way back in time. TACRAO was pretty much broke in those days, but somehow we still pulled off some great meetings and had a lot of fun and camaraderie.

Besides being a can-do guy, Bob was a lot of fun, although a little mischievous. One recollection I have is that Bob worked out and was solid as a tank, and had a vise like grip - which he either forgot about or used as part of his mischievous nature. Too bad for some of us that the fist bump wasn't in vogue yet!

I am saddened to learn of Bob's death and my prayers are with Sandy and their family. I will always have fond memories of Bob and the work we did together and the fun times we shared.

Don Stafford is right when he says TACRAO has loss a true professional.


From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu<mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu> [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Griffith, Becki
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2014 7:11 AM
To: tacrao at tamuc.edu<mailto:tacrao at tamuc.edu>
Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv FW: Death of Dr. Robert A. (Dr. Bob) Johnston

With sadness, I report the loss of one of our TACRAO honorary members - Dr. Robert A. Johnston - many knew him as "Dr. Bob."

Bob retired from the College of the Mainland some years ago.  Please see additional information below, provided by another honorary member, Don Stafford.  Funeral plans are included in Don's message.

Please keep Bob's family in your thoughts and prayers.

Becki Griffith
Registrar and Director of Admissions, Lee College
PO Box 818, Baytown, TX  77522
281.425.6399 (voice)  281.425.6831 (fax)

TACRAO President (2014)

TACRAO Annual Conference
Oct. 27-30, 2014 ~ Waco

From: Don Stafford [mailto:papadon1937 at sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 9:17 PM
To: Griffith, Becki; charleskettlewell at utsouthwestern.edu<mailto:charleskettlewell at utsouthwestern.edu>; trevor at shu.edu<mailto:trevor at shu.edu>
Subject: Death of Dr. Robert A. (Dr. Bob) Johnston


Dr. Bob's wife Sandy called me this evening to tell me that he had passed away this morning.  He had a stroke about 5 years ago which affected his speech the most.  He was doing well in the motor skills rehabilitation as I would see him often at Brenham Fitness Center. He has gone down quite a bit in the past few months from a variety of  ailments, blood related, they even thought he had lukemia.  He had come to the point Sandy had called in Hospice last Friday.  He was comatose all day yesterday and this morning when she got up he had passed away. He was 76 last month.

Bob and I were both recognized with Honorary Membership in TACRAO  in
2001. Dr. Del Long was instrumental in both of us being honored in the same year since we both lived in Brenham..Bob had long since retired and I retired from a counseling position here at Blinn College-Brenham in 2009.  Bob was a member of AACRAO and was on the Local Arrangements Committee for the Dallas and Reno annual meetings. Bob and I have been close friends since the 1980's when I was at Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College) and he was at College of the Mainland.

As you get the news out, his funeral will be on Wednesday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church here in Brenham.  Visitation will be on Tuesday evening, September 9, 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m at Memorial Oaks Chapel on West Main street

As you will learn from other TACRAO members, the association has lost a true professional

Don. Stafford, Ed. D.
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