Dr. Lester B. Johnson, Jr. was one of five recipients to receive the 2009 National Hampton Alumni Association Merit Award at the 93rd Annual Alumni Reunion Banquet, May 9th at Hampton University.
Dr. Johnson is a 1949 graduate of Hampton with a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering. He was a member of the Savannah Chapter from 1949 until 1959 when the chapter was deactivated.
In 1993 a trio of Hamptonians including Dr. Johnson established the Greater Savannah Hampton Alumni Chapter.
He was treasurer of the local chapter from 1993 until 2006 when the chapter became inactive again.
Dr. Johnson is active with the National Hampton Alumni Association.
He is currently a member of the Raleigh, NC chapter where he actively supports their fundraising activities.
He has stayed active with his alma mater by financially supporting the University and events held by the Class of 1949.
Johnson and his daughter, Leslie, ’89, a 2008 recipient of the NHAA Merit Award, have established the Lester B Johnson, Jr. Generations Endowment Scholarship in memory of Lester B, Johnson, Sr., class of 1917. A Johnson family window has been purchased for the new cafeteria.
He is a charter member of the NHAA Members Advantage Card program, Friends of the Museum and has been a member of the Hampton Athletic Booster Club since its inception.
The banquet speaker was the president of Hampton University, Dr. William R. Harvey. Dr. Harvey has been at this historic institution for thirty-one years and his speech gave the audience a review of the past year and a preview of things to come.
Ms Anne Baird Bridges, Alumni Giving Chairman reported a total gift from the reunion classes of 658,495.00 dollars.
Dr. Lester B. Johnson, Jr. is a steadfast and loyal Hamptonian who encourages others to stay connected to Hampton University and continues to “let his life do the singing.”