Leo F. Johnson
Leo F. Johnson, EdD
John A. Henschke, EdD, Emeritus Professor of Andragogy
Marcie Boucouvalas, PhD, Emerita Professor
In Memoriam – Leo F. Johnson, EdD
It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the passing away of respected adult educator and mentor, Leo F. Johnson, on March 15, 2019, in Newton, Massachusetts. He was an active member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education [AAACE], Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE], and the American Society for Training and Development [ASTD] – now known as [ATD] the American Talent Development Association. Leo was born April 24, 1930, in Goodland, Kansas, to Lorraine McCall & Roy J. Johnson. He is survived by his beloved
wife Dorothy (Serviss) of 67 years, of Dedham, Massachusetts, his son, Timothy J. (Catherine Tocci) of Brookline, MA, his beloved sister Marilyn B. Stoddard, of Denver, and her children James, Bruce, and Barbara. He was proceeded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Marie Guthrie.
In his early years, Leo worked on the five-generation family farm and graduated from the Kanorado High School in 1948. He was a member of the Sherman County 4-H, and of the Kanorado Methodist Church. He graduated with degrees from Denver University, Garrett Biblical Institute-
Evanston, IL, and Boston University. An ordained Protestant Minister and a certified YMCA director, he was employed by Northwestern University YMCA and North Dakota State YMCA. He received a grant from the Danforth Foundation, allowing him to study at Boston University, where he earned a Doctorate in Adult Education with Dr. Malcolm S. Knowles. While studying, he became the director of the University Department of the Greater Boston YMCA. He directed a federally funded college work-study program which underwrote student-created enterprises, including: a youth hostel in Cape Cod; a program that made possible the licensing of Spanish-speaking drivers; and, a program that prepared and transitioned some 2,500 prison inmates from custody to parole and took two cases to the Supreme Court. These programs profoundly influenced careers and lives of those involved.
In 1982 Leo was appointed Professor of Adult Learning and Organizational Development at Fielding University, Santa Barbara, CA, where he applied Malcolm’s andragogical model with over 50 Fielding learners to help them complete their PhD Degree. He also established a Consulting Practice, where he created, designed and delivered over 100 andragogical workshops and seminars in the USA, Canada and Taiwan, on topics, such as: Conflict Management; Train the Trainer; Whole Brain Learning; Career Development Building; Management and Training of
Profit and Non-Profit Corporations; and, volunteer advocacy for nursing home residents. In later years he developed a video focused on his love for his family farm, entitled: “Families on the Move – In Search of Dreams.”
The video may be found on Vimeo.
Leo was an active member of King’s Chapel in Boston, guiding seminarians, teaching in the Church School, ushering, serving on the Stewardship Committee and Vestry. The minister characterized Leo’s service as: graceful, kind, helpful, moving us forward constructively, wise, caring, gentle and loving. A Memorial Service was held on 4/4/19 at King’s.
Gifts in Leo’s memory may be sent to the Sherman County 4-H Council, 813 Broadway Ave., Room 301, Goodland, KS 67735.
In Deepest Gratitude, Leo, for your life and contribution among us.