Peter Herbert Johnson

English Professor

Peter Herbert Johnson, 79, a professor of English and an expert on the double-barreled shotgun, died Nov. 12 of respiratory illness at Manor Care nursing center in Arlington. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Johnson was born in Vicksburg, Miss., moved to Washington at the age of 7 and graduated from Wilson High School.

After obtaining a bachelor's degree from George Washington University, he received a master's degree in English from GWU in 1949. He did additional graduate study in philology at American University.

Mr. Johnson taught for more than 40 years in the University of Virginia system. His classes included almost the full span of English literature, with an emphasis on Shakespeare. He was also interested in the Gothic novels of H.P. Lovecraft.

Mr. Johnson was a roving adjunct instructor for a number of years, teaching at campuses throughout Virginia. In later years, he became an assistant professor at the University of Virginia's satellite campus in Falls Church. He retired in 1995.

When he was a young boy in Mississippi, Mr. Johnson developed a lifelong interest in guns and hunting. In 1961, he wrote "Parker: America's Finest Shotgun," a book that has appeared in three editions.

He was considered an authority on shotguns and their history and was featured in interviews for publications for shooting enthusiasts earlier this year.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed travel and visited 27 countries during his lifetime.

Survivors include his companion of more than 20 years, Elsa Bauer of Falls Church.

John J. Long


John Long, 87, a retired Navy commander and Washington area businessman, died Nov. 10 at his home in Fort Belvoir after a heart attack.

In 1966, Mr. Long created and ran a mortgage brokerage and real estate business in the Northern Virginia area. Before that, he spent 22 years in the Navy, retiring in 1965.

He was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa, and graduated from Loras College in Iowa in 1940. He attended law school at Northwestern University, Supply Corps Officer Training school at Harvard University and received an MBA from Stanford University in 1958.

Entering the Navy in 1943, Mr. Long served in World War II in Guam and Yokohama, Japan. His U.S. postings included the naval stations in Alameda, Calif., and Norfolk, as well as the Navy Supply Corps Station in Philadelphia. He completed his career in the Navy serving from 1960 to 1965 with the Defense Supply Agency in Washington.

He then spent the next 35 years as a businessman in McLean, retiring in 2000. His oldest son took over his brokerage firm.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jane Long of For Belvoir; two children, John Long of Reston and Jim Long of North Potomac; two grandsons; and five great grandchildren.

Margaret A. Fagan

Foreign Service Officer

Margaret A. Fagan, 90, a retired Foreign Service officer, died of pneumonia Nov. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

She was in the Foreign Service from the late 1940s until 1974, serving in Genoa and Naples, Italy, and Mexico City and Tijuana, Mexico. She was consul general in Tijuana just before her retirement.

Miss Fagan was born in Muscatine, Iowa, and graduated from Muscatine Junior College. She worked over several years at a manufacturing plant, at a real estate firm and as a secretary to the Muscatine superintendent of schools. She moved to Washington in the late 1930s or early 1940s to work for the federal government.

During World War II, she was personnel administrator for the Board of Economic Warfare until she transferred to the State Department after the war.

After her retirement, Miss Fagan moved to Chevy Chase and was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church and was active in its sodality, Bible study and interfaith groups. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, the American Foreign Service Association, DACOR and the Maryland Foreign Service Officers Club.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Fagan Brennan of Washington.