A beloved, long-time faculty member of Texarkana College has died in what is believed to have been a mountain-climbing accident.
Dawson Johnson, 75, was found dead Thursday (July 31, 2014) by Sequoia California National Park rangers after an apparent 1,100 foot fall from the north summit of Mt. Whitney.
Johnson, who had been reported missing by officials in Sequoia National Park since Tuesday, (July 29, 2014), was completing a long and challenging hike between Trail Crest and the summit of Mt. Whitney, California.
Dawson was hired by Texarkana College in 1977 as a Computer Technology faculty member. He served as Director of Computer Technology from 1988 until 2012, and was a tenured professor. He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas.
James Henry Russell, president of Texarkana College, said, “Mr. Johnson was instrumental in the design and management of the former TC Legacy Computer system.
“He was a pioneer in his field and he dedicated his life to helping students succeed in the field of technology. When I first came to Texarkana College, he was one of the first individuals to offer me help. Mr. Johnson was one that everyone knew and enjoyed being around - he truly embraced life to the fullest.”
Service arrangements are pending at this time.