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Johnson, Walter H. (Ph.D., Physics, 1956; M.S., Physics, 1952; B.A., Physics, 1950)


My wife and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in June.

We have two sons and two grandchildren. Since I retired in 1993 we have done a lot of pleasure travel. I was a member of the University of Minnesota Physics faculty for 34 years. Together with research on atomic mass measurements using a mass spectrometer, I enjoyed teaching introductory courses especially the demonstrations. I did about 10 years of administrative work in the Institute of Technology. Team teaching the first two offerings of the introductory physics course for the IT Honor program with Dan Dahlberg is my favorite memory.
Four professors were my favorites. Al Nier, with his 8:00 a.m., five days a week Theoretical Physics. Nier also served as my grad advisor. John Williams taught the first physics course I took, which convinced me that I really did not want to major in chemistry. Cliff Wall and Ed Hill were also outstanding instructors. Learning electronics from Otto Schmitt of the Schmitt circuit was an experience. It was a wonderful education.