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In Memory of

Dewey Eugene Johnson

February 2, 1932 - September 26, 2011

Obituary


Dewey Eugene Johnson, Ph.D., died in Fresno, Ca. on Monday, September 26, 2011. Dewey was born in Minneapolis, Mn. and adopted by Dewey and Adeline Johnson, Litchfield, Mn. shortly after birth. He graduated from Litchfield High School, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Mn., with a Bachelor of Arts Northfield, Mn., Aa Master of Business (MBA) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mi, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Mn. where he earned his Ph. D. in Management and Finance. Academic honors included membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Gamma...

Dewey Eugene Johnson, Ph.D., died in Fresno, Ca. on Monday, September 26, 2011. Dewey was born in Minneapolis, Mn. and adopted by Dewey and Adeline Johnson, Litchfield, Mn. shortly after birth. He graduated from Litchfield High School, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Mn., with a Bachelor of Arts Northfield, Mn., Aa Master of Business (MBA) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mi, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Mn. where he earned his Ph. D. in Management and Finance. Academic honors included membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Gamma Mu, and Sigma Iota Epsilon.


Dewey married Joan Helen Watson, another graduate of St. Olaf College, on December 16, 1954, at Columbus Air Force Base, Ms. Joan died on March 1, 2009.


Dewey entered the Air Force in June 1954 as a Second Lieutenant. He completed primary, basic, and advanced jet fighter training and was assigned to the 11th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Minneapolis. Injuries suffered in a jet aircraft accident made it necessary to change from flying to a career as a staff officer and commander.


During Dewey's distinguished military career his awards and decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Order, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Service Star. While serving in Vietnam, Dewey wrote procedures for returning the American POWs that were incorporated in the peace treaty.



Dewey retired from the Air Force in 1977 from Monterey, Ca. with the rank of Colonel where he had served as the Deputy Commandant and senior Air Force officer, Defense Language Institute. He joined the faculty of the Department of Management, School of Business, California State University where he taught many different courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


His professional contributions included service as Past President and Fellow, national Small Business Institute. He was Director, Small Business Institute, The Sid Craig School of Business for over twenty years. Dewey was co-founder, Management Education and development Division and its national Chair, Academy of Management. He was a consultant to more than one hundred businesses and organizations and a presenter at more than 200 domestic and international workshops and conferences in the areas of leadership, small business, and performance management.



Dewey was the first CSUF faculty member to receive the Provost's Outstanding Professor (Service). He also received two Duncan Enterprises Awards for University and Community Service.



Dewey was the author or co-author of more than thirty books. He loved golfing, traveling and fishing. He was a long-time member of San Joaquin Country Club, traveled to more than forty countries, and earned three awards as an In-Fisherman Magazine Master Angler.



His ashes will be placed next to his wife in Oak Hill Cemetery, Baudette, Minnesota. He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Cordero and her husband Jeff of Stateline, Nv., and Jennifer Hughes and her husband Ken and their two daughters, Heather and Megan of Grass Valley, Ca.; sister, Marylinn L. Erickson of Long Boat Key, Fl.; and many friends.



A Memorial Service will be held in the G.L. Johnson Chapel at People's Church on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.



Please send any memorials to Fresno Christian Schools, 7280 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, Ca. in care of the Joan H. Johnson library fund.


Arrangements under the direction of Lisle Funeral Home, Fresno, CA.