Magee Johnson Scholarship now established at IMHS

IRON MOUNTAIN – Students in the Class of 2013 at Iron Mountain High School wil be the first recipients of the Margaret “Magee” Johnson Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship, which has been established at Iron Mountain High School, in loving memory of wife, mother, and friend, Magee, by Dr. Lorn Johnson along with children, family and numerous friends,” school officials announced.

Magee graduated from Gladstone High School, attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and went on to attend the University of Michigan, where she received a degree in physical education.

Her first teaching position was in East Lansing, but after marrying Dr. Lorn Johnson in 1956, she held teaching positions at Escanaba High School and then Iron Mountain High School, prior to starting her family.

“Anyone who knew Magee can attest to her involvement and appreciation for the arts in our community and surrounding area,” school officials noted.

Her musical talents included serving as director of Second Sunday Singers at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Dickinson County Community Chorus Director for 18 years, and she also served as choir director of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for numerous years. She received recognition as the founding member and chairperson for the Festival of the Arts, GFWC Women’s Club president, and was instrumental in projects such as Out to Lunch, Detroit Symphony, Art Train, Mitch Miller and others.

She served as a trustee for the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Dickinson County Hospital League, volunteer board member for the Bay West College campus, and Dickinson County Historical Society board member, just to name a few of her projects.

Magee received many awards, including “One of the Most Influential People of Dickinson County,” the President’s Distinguished Citizen Award-Northern Michigan University 1974; Volunteer Leadership Award-Michigan 1966; Jaycees Distinguished Service Award 1976-City of Iron Mountain and the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award 1991.

“It is because of Magee’s participation and love for all of the arts, that the Margaret “Magee” Johnson Memorial Scholarship is being established to promote interest in all of these areas,” a spokesperson said.

Qualified applicants must be graduating seniors of Iron Mountain High School, must have averaged a 2.5 GPA throughout their high school career and be acceptable for admission to a two or four year college university. The fields of study include fine arts, performing arts, dance, film studies, theatre, music, art education, music Education and other related majors approved by the Scholarship Board of Trustees. The application will be available in mid-March.

“We are so grateful to the Johnson family for establishing this scholarship to encourage and reward students who excel in their artistic endeavors,” school officials added.