There are many ways a student’s life can be effected and touched. One of those ways is through leadership and the other is love. Mr. William B. Johnson used both to foster a way of hands on learning for his students. Below are some of the kinds things students have to say about his recent passing.
Mr. Johnson was always there personally and professionally. He always wanted the best for his students, and expected nothing less from them. He showed me ethics and standards of journalism and life. I am proud to have been one of his students.
Mr. Johnson was a mentor and friend. I will always keep in mind the lessons he taught me in the newsroom about being a professional and a human being.
Kirk Folgers (Folgers Graphics)
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Chabot College’s long-time journalism department leader Mr. Bill Johnson. He was a very friendly person and always seemed to have a smile on his face. I had heard that he was not doing well, but I could only hope that he would overcome the illness that he was dealing with. Unfortunately that hope never happened, but at least his suffering and worries are at ease now as he has moved on and may his memories and spirit always remain with us for many years to come.
I initially joined the Spectator, Chabot College’s weekly newspaper, to improve my writing skills. That changed when Bill Johnson, the adviser, saw the camera around my shoulder and said the paper could always use photographers. Johnson’s words set my path. The Spectator staff forced me from my shell. I made friends inside the newsroom and out, learned to work as a team and as an editor. I adapted in large part because of Johnson’s guidance. Johnson has always been a mentor to his students, willing to work with them instead of just lecturing. There have been times when he argued some of the Spectator staff over how something could have been made better. I think he did this because he saw so much potential in those he taught. He treated his students as adults who shouldn’t be simply shepherded through class or lecture. Johnson allowed his students to succeed or fail and learn from their mistakes. He was there to advise, not to take charge and his advice was invaluable. He did such great service to journalism education, and his absence will be greatly felt in that area.
My condolences go out to Mr. Johnson’s loved ones. He was truly a remarkable man, a fantastic professor and a great human being. He leaves behind a great legacy to all of his former students who learned from his teachings and who carried on to great careers. My up-and-coming journalistic career would not have been the …same if it wasn’t for all the things I learned from Mr. Johnson, may he rest in peace.
Thomas Frydendahl Berg
I met Mr. Johnson in 1999, when I wrote for the Spectator. Although I didn’t know him for long, he remains a fond memory of my time at the paper as well as at Chabot. Rest in peace…