Richard Van Johnson, 76, of Boston, Mass., died July 22, 2022, in Tewksbury, Mass.

He was born June 29, 1946, in Norfolk, son of William Fred and Elizabeth Rice Johnson.

Richard graduated as valedictorian in 1964 from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake and with honors from Washington and Lee University in 1968. He was magna cum laude in English Language and Literature, was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity, and was piano accompanist for the Glee Club.

After a year of graduate studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia, he returned to Lexington as manager of the W&L University Bookshop and subsequently managed a nearby record store, the Band Box.

In 1975 he moved to Boston, which became his lifelong home. For nearly 40 years, he was employed by the Information Technology division of H.P. Hood Company, where he was a software engineer. Music, architecture, art and literature were his passions and he traveled to many world capitals in their pursuit.

He is survived by brother Paul Johnson of Fieldale, sister Dawn (Stephen) Reney and nieces Anne Marie Reney and Julia Reney of Manassas, sister Wendy (Michael) Zuber and niece Rebekah Booker of Deer Lodge, Mont.

His resting place is a private scatter garden in Amherst County, Restashured, where a stone marker has been placed in his memory.


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