FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Gregor Ernest Johnson was born on Aug. 17, 1938, in Billings, the son of Dr. Raymond G. and Nellie “Nell” M. Johnson. He died on Dec. 7, 2009, in Falls Church, of natural causes.
Gregor was raised in Harlowton, Mont., and graduated from Harlowton High School in 1956. He continued his education at Dartmouth College, where he majored in history and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He was also a member of the U.S. Army ROTC unit at Dartmouth and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation. He served in active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the armor branch of the Army and served as a tank commander. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Returning from active duty, Gregor attended UCLA and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1967 with a master’s degree in history, specializing in Latin American affairs. Gregor joined the Federal Government upon graduation and spent his entire career in the intelligence community and retired in the late 1990s. Upon retirement, he continued to serve his country in the intelligence community. He was also a Certified Public Accountant.
During his retirement, Gregor tutored inner city children in mathematics, passing on his wide breadth of educational knowledge. He also administered the Ray and Nell Scholarships that are awarded yearly to deserving Harlowton High School graduates. He actively recruited promising students in the Northern Virginia area for Dartmouth College.
Gregor had a variety of interests, including following the PGA tours, attending Broadway plays, traveling and current affairs. He was an avid follower of the Washington Redskins.
Gregor is survived by his sister-in-law, Judy Grande Johnson of Billings; nephews Brett of Billings, Burke (Leslie and Anna) of Denver; niece Paula of Bellingham, Wash.; and cousins Chris, Hope and Doug Peterson, and Nancy Hallett and aunt Sara Peterson.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Ray and Nell Johnson Scholarship, c/o Judy Johnson, 212 Emerald Hills Drive, Billings, MT 59101, or to the Thomas R. Johnson, M.D. Medical Scholarship Fund, St. Vincent Foundation, 1106 N. 30th St., Billings, MT 59101.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m., at the American Lutheran Church, Harlowton.