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faith led him to serve in positions of leadership at the Pasadena Covenant Church for over 50 years. He was adept at consensus building and understood the importance of giving everyone who would be affected an early voice in decision making.

Roy used to say that if he had not been an engineer, he would have been a teacher. His natural affinity for educational tasks was clear in his approach to work assignments in his firm, trying always to assign tasks that fit the person’s knowledge and skills while also providing opportunities for learning. Roy occasionally taught university courses, was a valued panelist in university-sponsored professional education seminars, and at age 71 traveled to Indonesia to teach a short course in seismic design. His primary contributions to education, however, were made at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he served for 32 years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including 18 years as chair. In this role he developed considerable expertise in the issues inherent in higher education, from personnel support to public relations, and served as a director of the Independent Colleges of Southern California.

Roy’s leisure time was filled with family, travel, and golf. Of all his accomplishments, he was particularly proud of the two occasions on which his golf score bested his age. His relationships with his family brought him continuing joy and were characterized by unfailing trust and support.

Predeceased by his first wife Naomi (nee Harmon), Roy is survived by his wife Lucille (nee Peterson); daughter Judith Johnston, professor emerita in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia; son Robert Johnston, professor of theology and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, and his wife Catherine Barsotti; granddaughters Elizabeth Johnston, attorney, and Margaret Browne, Montessori teacher; and his brother Paul Johnston, retired pediatric surgeon, and his wife Lillian (nee Rogstad) and their children.

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