BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Johnny A. Johnson, Birmingham-Southern
College's vice president for business and finance, died Nov. 11
of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in St. Thomas, Virgin
Islands. He was 55.
The Sand Mountain native had served since 1988
as vice president in charge of the college's financial affairs.
He joined Birmingham-Southern in 1980 as controller and became associate
vice president/controller in 1982.
"This is a tremendous shock and a great loss
for both the college and the local community," said Birmingham-Southern
President Neal R. Berte. "Johnny provided exemplary leadership
for the college's financial efforts for many years and he was a
valued and active participant in many professional and civic endeavors
across Birmingham, the state, and the nation. He will be greatly
Before joining Birmingham-Southern, Johnson was
comptroller for Livingston University, now known as the University
of West Alabama. He also had been a supply specialist in the U.S.
In 1992, Johnson co-founded Personal Leadership
Association, a Birmingham-based, nonprofit mutual improvement society
that assists individuals with life planning and leadership. He was
to receive that group's first-ever Loyalty Award during ceremonies
Dec. 4. He also served on the executive committee of the Dyson Leadership
Johnson received his bachelor's degree in accounting
in 1974 from the University of Alabama, and also studied at the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Northeast Alabama State
Junior College, and Sacramento City College in California.
He is survived by his mother, June Gamble of Sand
Mountain, as well as brothers and sisters.