Richard Johann '50
The Alumni Award of Merit recognizes lifetime excellence in one’s profession or service to one’s community. Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and/or in service to church and/or community throughout their lifetime and maintained a significant and enduring relationship with the college, demonstrating their support through attendance of college events and alumni meetings.
This year’s recipient is Richard Johann, Class of 1950. Richard or “Dick” as many of us know him, is a treasure to his alma mater on so many levels.
Dick graduated from Eureka in 1950 with a Bachelors of Science degree earning cum laude honors. While in College, Dick played football for four years, was president of the science fraternity Sigma Zeta for two years and served as senior class treasurer and treasurer of the E -Tribe. It was at Eureka that Dick met and married his late wife, Carolyn, Class of 1951.
Dick taught mathematics and physics in Marquette Michigan for two years following graduation. He went on to work as a supervising physicist for the White Sands Signal corps at their proving grounds in New Mexico for four years. He spent the majority of his career at General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio as a staff engineer.
Dicks served his alma mater as a trustee from October 2007 to May of 2009. He has attended numerous events throughout the years and has given greatly of his time, talent and treasure to Eureka.
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Dick comes from a very long, proud legacy of Eureka College graduates and administration dating back to his great grandfather, George Callender, who served as president of Eureka College from 1858-1868 and conferred the first degree in 1860 to Elijah Dickinson.
Dick’s grandfather was Carl Johann who served as Eureka College President from 1887- 1896. At least 67 Johann relatives have studied ‘Neath the Elms, spanning 7 generations. Dick is the finest example of the best of Eureka College, and we are blessed to have him among our ranks of alumni.