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Widow of former MASC Governor Passes Away

Judith Johnston, the widow of former MASC Governor Douglas M. Johnston, passed away on May 10 2009. We have re-published her obituary here.

Judith Elizabeth (Fuess) Johnston


JOHNSTON, Judith Elizabeth (nee Fuess) 1935 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend. Judith passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, on Sunday May 10th, Mother’s Day. Born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., she earned her teaching degree at Oberlin College and taught elementary school for several years. While teaching in New Haven, Connecticut, Judith met Douglas M. Johnston, who ultimately preceded her in death by three years. After their marriage, Judith and Douglas spent a number of years in London (Ontario), Baton Rouge, New Haven again and Boston as Douglas was developing his academic credentials. With Douglas as an international law professor, they traveled extensively and lived in many parts of the world, including Princeton, Hawaii, Bangkok and Singapore. Their longest periods of residence were in Canada, primarily in Halifax and Victoria. Wherever Judith lived, she contributed actively to her community. While residing in Boston, she taught Sunday school at the Unitarian Church. In Halifax, she was actively involved in UNICEF in all facets, ultimately becoming Chairman of UNICEF Nova Scotia. She continued to pursue this life long passion in Victoria. She was also on the Home and School Board, was a member of the University Women’s Club and was thoroughly involved in bridge, through which she developed many strong friendships. Moving to Victoria, she continued with her community involvement. As a member of the Newcomers Association/Swans, she led and participated in history, bird watching and gardening interest groups. She was on the board for Kaleidoscope Theatre and was the secretary at Abbeyfield House. Judith enjoyed the challenge of bridge, being involved in Bridge World as well as organizing and teaching her own group. In addition to these activities, she enjoyed gardening, entertaining at home, the symphony, jazz music, theatre and getting together with friends. Judith will forever be remembered as a patient, thoughtful, kind and generous person with a very pragmatic approach to life. Her lovely sense of humour and inquisitive nature allowed her live life to the fullest. Judith will be sadly missed by her children, Keith, Murray and Caroline, her sister, Barbara, her brother, Jay, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends from all over the world. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at The University Club at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, BC at 2:00pm. Donations may be made in her name to UNICEF.

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May 20, 2009 at 9:12 am