Chapel Hill: Obituaries

Peter R. Johnston

Peter Ramsey Johnston, husband of Helen Clark Johnston passed away suddenly on November 16th in his home town. He was 88 years old.

Pete was born on August 19, 1926 in Tampa Florida to Roy Rufus Johnston and Dorothy Gill Johnston. He has one sister, Helen Smith. Growing up he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Daytona Beach Life saving Corps. Pete graduated from Miami of Ohio University with major in Chemistry and earned a license as a Professional Engineer. He served in the post WWII occupation forces in Japan and later in the Korean War in the Chemical Corp. His career was in research and development, his name is listed numerous times in the U.S. Patent office. In the last part of his career he focused on filtration, a field he published in extensively. After retirement from Amtek he continued as a consultant and as a member of the editorial board of International Filtration News In retirement his hobby was researching the history of early North Carolina especially the Revolutionary and Civil wars and published several articles and books on those subjects. As a young father he converted to the religion of his wife, Roman Catholicism and he took great joy as an active member of the Church, the last 22 years at St Thomas More in Chapel Hill, where among other things he was a volunteer photographer and a regular lectern reader. He took special pleasure in Photographing events at the School at St Thomas More, especially as it involved activities of his three great granddaughters, the Wood girls.

He was married to Helen in 1949 and that lasted 65 years until his death. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Frederick Peter Johnston, Rebecca Faith Becker, Terrance Clark Johnston and Christopher Lawrence Johnston; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was at St Thomas More in Chapel Hill on November 20 at 11:30 a.m. His ashes wwere interned at the Crematorium there.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be to the Interfaith Council of Chapel Hill.