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Aviation program receives $500,000 to fund Harold T. Johnson Endowed Professorship

7/27/2012
The new aviation program at Texas Lutheran University (TLU) recently received a major boost from alumnus Harold T. Johnson ’40. The $500,000 donation establishes an endowed professorship in aviation and pre-engineering. The funds will assist the university in attracting and retaining highly qualified faculty to teach academic courses supporting the newly established aeronautical science and aviation management programs.

“There is a growing need for highly skilled college graduates in the field of aviation and we think TLU can help fill that need,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “The Harold T. Johnson Endowed Professorship in Aviation and Pre-Engineering enables us to provide outstanding instruction in these programs. We are most grateful to Mr. Johnson for his generous gift.”

A retired aeronautical engineer, Johnson received his associate’s degree from Texas Lutheran and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. The El Campo native is a retired pilot and has enjoyed traveling the world. The former TLU development board member first began the endowed scholarship in 1998 to provide financial assistance for students. His monetary support has also helped fund TLU’s Hugo and Georgia Gibson Endowed Professorship. Johnson is a lifelong Lutheran and a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Worth.