Dr. Carl Johnson of Carrollton, 85, passed away on October 12, 2016.
Born on June 8, 1931, Dr. Johnson was a musician, composer, and writer. He was a Fulbright Scholar and Artist in Residence in Composition in Berlin and a free-lance critic in Europe for the Christian Science Monitor. He received two grants for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He taught at universities in Germany, South Africa and the United States. He was a professor at the University of West Georgia in the Music Department for many years. In addition, he wrote three historical novels.
Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree at Westminster College in Princeton, New Jersey and his master's degree from New York University. Continuing his education, he earned a doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Johnson has endowed a music scholarship at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, as a way of remembering a beloved piano teacher.
A plaque in his office reads, "Learn as through you were to live forever. Live as though you were to die tomorrow." Dr. Johnson lived this.
In accordance with his wishes, the body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 501 Northside Drive in Carrollton, on Sunday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jay Sutton officiating.