June 21, 2010
Dr. Phillip Johnson, longtime Baylor Spanish professor, died May 12 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 63. He earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish in 1971 and a doctorate in Latin American Literature in 1976, both at the University of Utah. In 1977, he accepted a full-time appointment at Baylor, where he taught the rest of his life. Johnson led more than 400 students in Baylor Summer Study Programs in Mexico and Spain from 1979 to 2003. Johnson was an officer in Phi Beta Kappa since 1983. During these 27 years, more than 1,400 Baylor graduates were inducted into Zeta Chapter. Johnson was selected the outstanding professor in the College of Arts and Sciences during the 1980s and '90s. Memorials may be made to support the Phillip Johnson Phi Beta Kappa Endowed Scholarship Fund.
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