Frank Brown Johnston Jr.

Published 10:40 pm Saturday, January 15, 2011

Frank Brown Johnston, Jr. died peacefully on January 5, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in Ft. Worth, Texas. Frank, a meteorologist, might have appreciated the skies were clear, the temperatures were in the mid 60s, winds were light and variable and the humidity was low. Frank was born in Birmingham Alabama on October 22, 1919 to Frank and Virginia Johnston. He graduated from elementary school in Mandeville,


Louisiana in 1932 and from high school in Gastonburg, Alabama in 1936. He attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (later named Auburn University) from 1936 to 1938 majoring in chemical engineering. In 1941 he joined the National Weather Service. He joined the Navy in 1942 and worked as a weatherman in the Pacific Theater serving in New Georgia and the Solomon Islands. After his Naval discharge in 1945 he was admitted to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Meteorology and resumed his work in the National Weather Service in the Los Angeles Bureau. In 1949 he joined the US Air Force Reserve and retired as a Major after 20 years. In 1956 he married Anna Lee White of Selma and accepted responsibility for her two young sons Bill and John. He was transferred to Kansas City, Missouri and later to Miami, Florida. Frank was eventually promoted to the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Florida and retired in 1974 after 33 years of service. Frank and Anna Lee moved to Merritt Island, Florida in 1976. In 2004 they moved to Ft. Worth, Texas to be close to their son John and his wife Mary. Frank is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Jimmy and Juanita Johnston of Webb City, MO, William White of Baytown, TX, John and Mary White of Ft. Worth, TX and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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