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Gerry and Johnny Johnson

Former Drury vice president pledges more than $1 million to University

For Immediate Release: September 21

Dr. Krystal Compas
Vice President for Alumni & Development
Office: (417) 873-7303

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 21, 2009
— Drury University President Todd Parnell announced today that the Lewis Johnson family has bequeathed to Drury more than $1 million. Drury will receive the gift as part of the Johnson’s will.

Lewis “Johnny” Johnson served as a vice president at Drury during the 1960s. The gift is in the name of Johnny, his wife Gerry and their son Gary.

The Johnsons are long-time Drury athletic boosters and the money will fund endowments for scholarships for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, baseball and women’s golf. The largest portion of the money will be used for a general scholarship fund available to all students.

During Johnson’s time at the university he helped revitalize interest in the basketball program, laid the groundwork to start a swim team, and he was instrumental in forming the Panther Booster Club that provided funding for athletics.

The Johnsons were motivated to make their gift due to the high academic standing of Panther athletes, Drury’s top notch coaching personnel and the university’s high ranking in The Princeton Review and other national publications. The Johnsons hope that their gift will inspire others to do the same.


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