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Franklin Beaumont Johnson, Jr
Birth: Feb. 11, 1923
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 2006
Travis County
Texas, USA

Franklin Beaumont Johnson, Jr. Frank Johnson died Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at Christopher House, Hospice Austin.

He is survived by his wife Pat, cousins Eleanor Ayres Parmer of Corpus Christi, Isabel Clark Reed of Austin, and Barbara Clark Denyer of Irvington, New York, their families and other relatives across the country.

A long time Austinite, Frank was born in San Antonio, Texas, on February 11, 1923, the son of Lena Clark Johnson and Franklin B. Johnson. Following his father's death in 1924, his mother returned to Austin and Frank grew up under the tower light at 22nd and Nueces, next door to his grandparents Judge and Mrs. S. C. Clark. Frank attended Woolridge Elementary, University Junior High and Stephen F. Austin High School. After his high school graduation in 1939, he entered the University of Texas at Austin, but interrupted his education in 1942 to serve as an Artillery Officer in France and Germany with the 45th Division. He served as Forward Observer, and Survey and Liaison Officer in 157th Infantry Regimental Combat Team.

Frank returned to the University of Texas at Austin in 1946 with his new bride, Patricia Ann Branson of Harlingen, Texas. He received his BS and MS degrees in Architectural Engineering in 1949 and 1951, respectively. He later earned his PhD from UT in 1964. Prior to teaching at UT Frank worked as a Project Engineer for Anderson Clayton Company of Houston from 1952-55. His work at Anderson Clayton, and his previous employment with Frank W. Chappell Consulting Engineers in Dallas involved work on the construction of the upper deck of the Cotton Bowl, and the total design and construction of many large structures and plants in the US, South America and Mexico. He continued to serve as a consulting Structural Engineer on many projects and as consultant to engineering firms throughout the nation. He also enjoyed the challenge of serving as expert engineering witness in legal conflicts.

Frank began his teaching career at The University of Texas in 1955 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering. During 1960-64 he was the Acting Chairman of the Department, and Chairman from 1964-69. Frank retired after 35 years with the College of Engineering and was honored with the title Professor Emeritus. He served as both the Graduate and Undergraduate Advisor to Architectural Engineering students and received the Outstanding Advisor award in 1969. Frank was active in and served as Chairman of several national professional committees, was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Chi Epsilon honor societies and was a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He also received the Structural Clay Products Institute Award for serving as chair of the First International Conference for Masonry Structural System and for research on properties of masonry materials.

Frank was a member of the Masonic University Lodge, 1190, in addition to other Masonic groups including the Royal Order of Jesters, serving as director in 1980. Frank shared his love of life with his family and friends through his many interests and hobbies. He was a member of the Austin Club, and the Austin Country Club for over 60 years, where he enjoyed golf, playing cards and the 19th hole, and his weekly supper group. He loved hunting and fishing, and traveling on cruises and especially spending time atop the crow's nest. Frank loved all animals, but especially his bulldogs.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Annex Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christopher House/Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759, the Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752, or charity of choice.

Obituary and guestbook online at [Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 12/31/2006.]

In 1988, F. B Johnson wrote: "The reward of teaching is not monetary. The real rewards come later and are the many cards, letters, and visits from the alumni with expressions of gratitude for your efforts during their time at The University of Texas".

Frank loved his country, his family and his many friends. He enriched the lives of all who knew and loved him and he will be sorely missed.

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  Franklin B Johnson (1887 - 1924)
  Lena May Clark Johnson (1896 - 1966)
Oakwood Cemetery Annex
Travis County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Dec 31, 2006
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A World War II U.S. Army veteran who enlisted in 1942. He served as a Artillery Officer, Forward Observer, and Survey and Liaison Officer, in the 157th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, 45th Division, in France & Germany.
- John Christeson
 Added: Dec. 31, 2006
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