US A F Weather Assignments Office, Hq AF Military Program/Arrangements Committee, Membership Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas; and direc- Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. He tor, Weather Systems Acquisition, Hq Weather Ser- was elected Councilor in 1976-78 and 1978-80; vice vice, Scott AFB, Illinois. president in 1982; and president in 1995. He attended His military decorations include the Meritorious the annual meeting and conferences for most of Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force NWA's history, presenting papers during most of the Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air past 19 years. Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clus- Johnson was nominated for and published in Out- ters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one oak leaf standing Young Men of America in 1971. He was the cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force US A F Air Weather Service meteorologist of the year Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Longevity in 1971. He authored papers published in Advanced Service Award with four oak leaf clusters, and the Air Imaging Magazine, National Weather Newsletter, Force Training Ribbon. Johnson retired with the rank National Weather Digest, numerous AMS conference of lieutenant colonel. preprints, and many articles on operational meteorol- Johnson served 10 years with Litton PRC, Inc. Dur- ogy for organizational journals and newsletters, city ing that time, he served in a variety of assignments on newspapers, and magazines. the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System Larry loved Civil War history and was actively in- (AWIPS) program, the integrating element of the $4.5 volved in reenactments of Civil War battles of the billion NWS modernization. He served during the defi- eastern theater. Most recently he participated in the nition, development, and deployment phases as princi- reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg on 3-4 July pal applications scientist, department manager, execu- 1998. He wrote many articles published in various tive manager, and deputy program manager. Known Civil War periodicals. at PRC as Mr. AWIPS, Johnson's tenure on AWIPS Larry is survived by his wife Laurel of Herndon, was longer than any other person and his contributions Virginia; his mother Minnie of Prescott, Arizona; his to the success of AWIPS stand out among all others. children Julie of McComb, Iowa, and Heather of Herndon, Virginia; his brother Roger of Prescott, Ari- Johnson earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in me- teorology in 1969 and 1979, respectively, from the zona; and his grandson Nicholas.—Terry Tarbell. University of Wisconsin—Madison. He earned M.S.- equivalent degrees in 1983 from Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; in 1986 from Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; and in IN MEMORIAM 1987 from National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. Leslie McNair, Washington, D.C. Johnson was active with AMS as a member for 29 years in numerous positions. He was the secretary, vice 1911-1998 chairman, and chairman of the Omaha-Offutt AMS chapter and chairperson of the Washington, D.C., chapter. He served as an advisor to the AMS Executive Director for creation of a Chapters Committee and as ^hmdet* ^taveb a member of the Chapters Committee. He attended the AMS Annual Meeting and related conferences for many 1959-1998 years , presenting papers for the past 10 years. Johnson's efforts were key to PRC's early and con- tinued support for the AMS Scholarship/Fellowship Program. Litton PRC, with the support of the AMS, is naming the AMS scholarship sponsored by Litton PRC as the Larry R. Johnson Memorial Minority Scholarship. 1914-1998 Johnson was a founding member of the National Weather Association. He served on the Organizational Start-up Steering Committee, Nominating Committee, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 218 1
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