Rev. Johnson, former Chaplain

The Reverend Stanley E. Johnson, of Lafayette Hill, PA, passed away on June 19, 2013, at age 84.

He was born in New York City, grew up in Havertown, PA and graduated from Haverford High School in l946. As captain of the Haverford cross-country team, he was undefeated in l946 and led Haverford to 2nd place in the state championship. In track, he won the Suburban championship and the District championship in the mile and the half-mile, and in 2005 was elected to the Haverford High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 1950, he graduated with honors from Princeton University where he was captain of the cross-country team for three years and was the only runner ever to win the individual title in the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet four years in a row. He was selected for the Princeton half-century all-time team. His love of running continued at the Penn Relays, where he was a Judge of the Finish Line for almost 50 years, including the last ten years as Chief Judge.

After graduating from Princeton, he attended the University of Pennsylvania in l951 for graduate work in philosophy and then graduated from the Philadelphia Divinity School with honors in 1954. He served as Curate at St. Martin-in-the Fields, Chestnut Hill, PA from 1954 to 1957. He was the Episcopal Chaplain at Vanderbilt University in Nashville from 1957 to 1961 and was Dean of the Episcopal Convocation of Nashville from 1959 to 1961.

He became Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961 and retired in 1995. While at Penn he was also the Dean of Admissions from 1974 to 1977 and served terms as President of the Faculty Club and of the 25-Year Club.

He served on the board and as chairman of the governance committee for the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf from 1963 to 1996 and was Chaplain of the Corinthian Yacht Club from 1965 to 1972. He was the summer Minister of the Siasconset Union Chapel in Nantucket for 42 years, from 1963 to 2004. In addition to his love of running, he enjoyed traveling, stamp collecting, crossword puzzles and needlepoint.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; their children, Laura, Lexanne, Peter and Amy; and grandchildren, Evan and Alison Hunt-Johnson, Lowell and Gordon Abbott, and Kyle and Arden Brady.

Contributions may be made to St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh in Ft. Washington, PA; the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia; or the Siasconset Union Chapel, Nantucket, MA.