Ray E. Johnson

Ray E. Johnson, a longtime Claremont resident, died on September 13, 2015 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was 77.

Born in Hollywood on June 9, 1938, Mr. Johnson had a full and accomplished life.  He graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of the Americas and a master’s and PhD in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most of his career was spent as a professor and administrator at the University of La Verne, first managing international programs and later as associate dean of the School of Continuing Education. He was a leader and mentor to his students and colleagues. 

He would say he was married for all of his meaningful life to his beautiful wife of 45 years, Barbara. Together they raised two wonderful daughters, Hilary and Ruth.  He also leaves behind a brother, Curtis, of Spring Valley, California.

“Those who knew Ray were blessed. He was the best friend anyone could have,” his loved ones shared.


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