Christopher Johnston, ITU Project Engineer, Dies

Posted: July 13, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Christopher Johnston, project engineer in the Information Technology Unit, died July 9 from cancer. Although he had been employed at the university for only 15 months, he made a major impact on his unit in a short period of time, according to his supervisor and co-workers.

Johnston was no stranger to the university when he joined ITU’s Technology System Division (TSD). In 1995-96, he had been the infrastructure project leader for Bell Atlantic with responsibility for the network portion of the university’s infrastructure.

Johnston was credited with improving the communications both within ITU and between ITU and Facilities. “Chris was a wonderful person who established relationships and provided guidance to both the ITU and Facilities that created better buildings and made Mason a better place to work,” says his supervisor, Walt Sevon, executive director of TSD.

Johnston managed all ITU issues and components for the opening of two new buildings last year, Potomac Heights student housing and Bull Run Hall. He worked closely with contractors and architects for cabling, AV, electrical, and PBX issues related to capital projects.

Myra Crosen, associate director for human resources in ITU, recounted him saying that when he joined George Mason he found the job he had always wanted. “With the love for his job and his leadership ability and knowledge, the ITU staff was always quick to give Chris their support,” she says. “They knew that Chris was always prepared, sensitive to customer needs, patient, and easygoing. His impact in the department has been so strong and pervasive; it is hard to imagine how we will function without Chris.”

Johnston is survived by his wife, Christine, his parents of West Virginia, four brothers, and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at the Fairfax Memorial Chapel, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, followed by a reception at the Johnston home at 4824 Powell Road, Fairfax.

The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 501, Falls Church, VA 22042. Please note “in memory of Chris Johnston” on your checks.

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