20 January 2010

R.I.P. Phyllis Walker Johnson, Past NGS President

Phyllis Walker Johnson passed away Saturday, January 9, 2010. Phyllis Johnson was a former NGS President and a volunteer for many years afterward. She was NGS secretary (1976―80) and president (1980―82). In 1984 she was elected an NGS fellow.

Phyllis was born in Washington, D.C., 3 January 1922, to Fred S. and Leonora A. (Perry) Walker. From her first marriage to Earl H. Alexander, she has two daughters. She married Hugh Bailey Johnson on 12 January 1968. In 1943 Phyllis graduated with a B.S. in education from Wilson Teachers College, Washington, D.C. She was a Certified Genealogical Record Searcher from 1975 to 1990 and has published several books. She was a member of the NGS Education Committee that developed American Genealogy: A Basic Course. Following her term as president, she continued to volunteer at NGS for a number of years. She lived in Springfield, Virginia.