Henry E. Johnson, savings and loan executive

July 27, 2013

Henry E. Johnson, a longtime vice president and board member of the old Jefferson Federal Savings and Loan Association in Washington, died June 30 at Capital Caring hospice in Arlington County. He was 88.

He had complications related to heart disease, said his daughter, Katharine Johnson Olimpi.

Mr. Johnson began his career in 1946 at the old Perpetual Building Association in Washington. He joined Jefferson Federal in 1952 and helped design the firm’s Keogh and IRA retirement-savings plans.

He was executive vice president and a member of the board of directors when the savings and loan was acquired in 1983 by Washington Federal Savings and Loan Association, for which Mr. Johnson served as a senior vice president for a year.

He later worked in residential real estate sales for Mount Vernon Real Estate in McLean until his retirement in 1990.

Henry Edwin Johnson was born in Washington and moved often in his youth because his father served in the Army. He graduated from high school in Gettysburg, Pa.

Mr. Johnson served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University in 1949.

He taught for 23 years at the National Institute of Financial Education in Washington and was a board member of the old Financial Marketing Council of Greater Washington.

Mr. Johnson was a resident of McLean, where he was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Lions Club and a longtime ham radio operator. He was a member of the Army-Navy Club in Washington and volunteered at the Wakefield School in The Plains.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Johnson was Washington regional director of an effort to restore and build a memorial for the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a Liberty ship that was used to carry cargo during World War II. The restored ship is now at a memorial site in San Francisco.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Patricia Vandoren Johnson of McLean; two children, Edwin H. Johnson II of Arlington and Katharine Johnson Olimpi of Middleburg; a brother; a sister; and a granddaughter.

— Matt Schudel

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