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Glenn Johnson


GlennJohnsonBorn in Duquesne, Pa., he was a graduate of Grove City College where he studied history and politics. After college, Glenn served as a sergeant in the United States Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. In 1953, Glenn married Diana Kirkpatrick, and they spent their first years of marriage in Kyoto, Japan while he was stationed there.

At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Glenn earned a master’s of government administration, and then began his career at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  His career spanned a dynamic period in the state’s development of public health services and Glenn’s work helped shape the foundation of today’s public health sector in Pennsylvania. He spearheaded innovations in policy, in the delivery of public health services, and in the prosecution of fraud, and many of these practices were adopted by other states.

Glenn was proud of his role as husband and father, and considered these roles his most important accomplishments in life. He enjoyed imparting pearls of wisdom, and always emphasized the importance of good character and living an honorable life.

Travel was a significant theme throughout Glenn’s life. He had an explorer’s sensibility: always curious about foreign cultures and eager to visit new territory. Glenn found great joy in skiing, and was happiest when schussing down a ski slope in fresh powder. Over the years, he skied most major resorts in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Between ski trips, he was a regular presence at Ski Roundtop. Glenn was still skiing up to the age of 82, and recently visited his favorite ski resort in the Alps.

A gentleman farmer, Glenn loved caring for his farm and experiencing the beauty of nature through the seasons. Wildlife flourished on his farm, at least until deer season.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Middletown, the Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, F.&A.M. of Harrisburg, and Scottish Rite of the Valley of Harrisburg. He was also active in the Susquehanna Ski Club, serving as president and as a member of the board.

He was preceded in death by his wife Diana in 2009.  

Surviving are daughters Caroline Johnson of Philadelphia, Virginia Edmiston of Bear Creek, Pa., and Janet Sorrell of London, England; granddaughter Rose Notman; and great-granddaughter Coraline Notman of McKinleysville, Calif.; his sister Doris Cooper of Goshen, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

Glenn Johnson was deeply loved by his family and friends, and he will live long in many hearts.

A private memorial service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown.

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