Bruce Johnson

September 4, 1932June 4, 2018

Professor Emeritus Bruce Johnson passed away peacefully on June 4, 2018.

He was a professor at the United States Naval Academy for 35 years, in the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Department. In addition to teaching and research, he co-authored several textbooks including Introduction to Naval Architecture, Engineering Economic Analysis, and Introduction to Naval Engineering. He recently received the William H. Webb Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, for outstanding contributions to education in Naval Architecture, Marine, or Ocean Engineering. Bruce was an avid sailor and spent many happy hours racing sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, he loved the arts including classical music, opera and ballet performances.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Dorothy, two daughters, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law.


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Anne and Don Stewart

July 9, 2018

We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden illnesses and deaths of Dotty and Bruce Johnson. Our deepest sympathy to Sharon, Kristen, and their families. Bruce and Dotty were two of the finest people we have ever known! Their achievements in many fields would fill numerous pages. It was a joy to know them and to share with them over the years. May the God of love and peace receive them and may their souls Rest In Peace. May their memories be a shining beacon for all of us. Love, Anne & Don Stewart

Gary Allen

July 4, 2018

Marie and I met Bruce and Dottie in the early 1970s when my future wife and I met one another singing in the choir at Foundry UMC. Bruce’s interest in all forms of music rose to the surface when he chose to be one of the four founding members of The Joyful Noise, whose many members over the years provided music, worship planning and execution for the church’s informal 9:30 service there until 1990. Bruce played bass for at least half of that run, and with Dottie helped anchor the planning group as well.
To me, Bruce’s defining characteristic was the intellectual enthusiasm that permeated every aspect of his life - his faith, his work, his music, his sailing, and on. His love for and pride in his wife, daughters and their husbands and families was also most evident. Our love and condolences to his family and many friends; though blessed with a long life, he nonetheless is gone too soon. But he leaves a legacy to be proud of, as all can attest.

Karen Beasley

July 2, 2018

From Sunday School teacher to comrade in music, Bruce had the most positive attitude! He was a truly good man and I miss him. Love to Dotty, Sharon, Kristin and the rest of the family.

Katharine Stewart

July 2, 2018

I am so saddened to learn of Bruce's passing. He and Dotty, Sharon and Kristen are a family that were a cornerstone of my childhood and youth, connected through worship at Foundry, sharing time at UMCP with Kristen and then with Bruce being a professor at USNA while Andrew attended there. I am grateful for the joy I encountered each time we met, for his curiosity about the world and his encouragement of my curiosity. I am grateful for the example in him of a husband who took interest in and encouraged his wife's interests. I am grateful for many a sail on the Bay. I am grateful for how Bruce mentored Andrew. I am grateful that he found joy and encouragement he shared when he learned of our (Andrew's and mine) relationship. My heart and prayers are with Dotty, the girls and the grandkids, in all of whom he shared great delight.

Donna Romorini

July 2, 2018

Dear Dorothy
With fond memories of you and Bruce, times we shared and your kindnesses to Lawrence, Sarah and me.
Sincere condolences at this difficult time.
Donna Romorini