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Edway Richard Johnson “Ed” died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital, Fairfax, Va., following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1927, in Lima, Ohio, and grew up in Lima and Columbus, Ohio where he attended West High School. Following graduation, Mr. Johnson spent two years in the U. S. Navy.
After being discharged, he attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, then began his career with Monsanto Chemical Company, in Fernald, Ohio as a chemist. Following that, he worked for National Lead Company at the AEC plant in Fernald, Ohio, where his interest in the nuclear energy field began. At that point he and three associates with the same interests in nuclear energy led the effort to begin what would become Nuclear Fuel Services Inc., of Erwin, a supplier of nuclear fuel to the U. S. Navy.
Mr. Johnson was also involved in the development of Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. at West Valley, N.Y. In 1964 he formed E. R. Johnson Associates, an engineering firm, which later evolved into JAI Corporation. He headed JAI Corporation until the end of 2011. During the past year he had continued working as a private consultant in the nuclear energy industry for companies in the U.S. and abroad.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Geraldine Love Johnson “Jerry;” seven children: Melinda Johnson Emery (Rockford) Springfield, Va., Deborah Johnson Sutton (Steve) Knoxville, Jillanna Johnson Lane (Gerald) of Knoxville, Marianna Johnson Corum (Alvin, deceased) Knoxville, Lt. Col. Edway R. Johnson II (Kelly) of Leesburg, Va., Constance Johnson Barton (Craig) of Manassas, Va., and Lt. Col. Theodore A. Johnson (Monica) of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Edway R. and Geraldine L. Johnson Scholarship for Science at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, which has been giving scholarships to outstanding young people in the sciences for the past several years.