Here are three obituaries for Boine Johnson, from the Amateur Comedy Club, Theta Delta Chi, and the Scarsdale Inquirer.
Please note this correction to previous Emails stating the times of the memorial service for Boine, at the Scarsdale Women’s Club: A celebration of Mr. Johnson’s life will be held at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club Sunday, March 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Boine T. Johnson
Boine Theodore. The Amateur Comedy Club salutes our esteemed colleague Boine, who died February 4 in White Plains at 79. Elected to the club in 1965, he was a cherished fixture in many roles: video archivist, historically minded curtain speaker, dress code stickler, Green Room raconteur. He served as president 1986-88, and was inspirational founder and fierce champion of the Century Fund endowment. His meatballs will be missed whenever we dine; he and his wise counsel always.
Boine T. Johnson, Iota Deuteron ’53, 45th PGL, enters Omega
45th President of the Grand Lodge (1969-71), Boine Johnson died on February 4th, 2011 after a brief illness. He had also served as President of the Founders’ Corporation and at his death was a Director of the Educational Foundation.
At Williams College he competed at national levels in lacrosse. After service in the Navy, during which he was for a time seconded to the French Foreign Legion in Algeria, he graduated from Harvard Business School, whose faculty he later joined.
His business career was varied, and since 1981 was focused on his own firm, Texture Technologies, in his home town of Scarsdale, New York, of which he was at different times both a Trustee and Mayor.
In 2005 he oversaw the successful maturity of the Partridge Trust, which, having commenced with a bequest of little over a thousand dollars in 1912, grew under Boine’s stewardship after 1984 to $1,400,000. Half of this legacy went to Williams College and half to the Theta Delta Chi Founders’ Corporation.
Boine was a stalwart of Theta Delta Chi and a courtly gentleman who brought honor to his College and to his Fraternity.
Boine Johnson is dead at 79
By DEBRA BANERJEE
Former Scarsdale mayor and Scarsdale Bowl winner Boine T. Johnson died Friday, Feb. 4, at White Plains Hospital. He was 79.
For almost 50 years, since the late 1960s, Mr. Johnson, a resident of Fairview Road in Greenacres, was very involved in community affairs, winning Scarsdale’s highest award for community service, the Scarsdale Bowl, in 1998. He was a village trustee from 1971 to 1975 and mayor from 1975 to 1977. He was president of the Town Club in 1984 and had been active in its successor, the Town and Village Civic Club Education Forum, now called the Scarsdale Forum. Most recently, he chaired the club’s Fiscal Affairs Committee. He was also longtime treasurer of the Scarsdale Citizens Nonpartisan Campaign Committee.
Mr. Johnson was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 17, 1931. He lived in Huntington, attended Poly Prep in Brooklyn and graduated from Williams College in 1953. At Williams College he was a star attackman for the lacrosse team and in his senior year approached the national scoring title. Mr. Johnson was actively involved with the fraternity Theta Delta Chi throughout his life. Based on his experience with Theta Delta Chi at Williams, and subsequently through his involvement with the national fraternity, he was a tireless advocate for fraternities on college campuses. He was most recently director of Theta Delta Chi’s Educational Foundation, governor of its Founder’s Corporation and chairman of each entity’s investment committee.
Longtime friend and former mayor Bill McCreery, who knew Mr. Johnson “probably longer than anyone in the village,” was a year behind him at Poly Prep. “He was very popular, an athlete,” McCreery said. McCreery saw Mr. Johnson’s athleticism and sportsmanship in action in a lacrosse game when McCreery played for Poly Prep against Williams.
Mr. Johnson attended U.S. Naval Destroyer Engineering School and served in the Navy from 1953 to 1956 where he was a lieutenant and chief engineer. After his service, in 1958, he received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Becoming a Baker Scholar in his first year was a remarkable achievement, said Williams College friend and roommate Peter Fetterolf, who was at Harvard Business School at the same time. “Boine did well at Williams, made dean’s list. He was smart, but he was not hallowed in that way. Boine made Baker in his first year. That was dramatic, a major academic recognition.”
Mr. Johnson later served 25 years on the board of directors of Fetterolf’s company, Datamedic. “He always told you what he thought,” Fetterolf said. “He was conservative in his views, but always logical in the things that he said. He was a valued friend.”
Johnson had two children, Boine and Marc, with his first wife Barbara Cholfin. He was on the faculty of Harvard Business School until he joined Arabian Development Associates in 1960 and AMF (American Machine & Foundry) in 1965. In the late 1960s he worked for General Electric and then from 1970 to 1980 for Technicon, where he became its senior vice president.
In 1968 he married Louise Jordan and had two children, Jordan and Jann. Following Technicon he joined Perkin Elmer and was senior vice president of marketing before becoming an owner of Voland Corp., a manufacturer of very high precision balances.
As founder and chairman of Texture Technologies Corp., Mr. Johnson was an early advocate for the science of quantifying the physical properties of common materials. His pioneering role helped establish an industry around using texture measurement in the food, pharmaceutical, gels, adhesive and cosmetics industries.
Mr. Johnson joined the Amateur Comedy Club in New York City in 1965 and had been a continuously active member ever since. He was president of the ACC from 1986-88 and was a founder and champion of its Century Fund endowment. Mr. Johnson relished his many ad hoc roles and involvement with the ACC.
For 30 years Mr. Johnson was a member of Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Company 3 and also belonged to the early morning INEPTA paddle tennis and INERTA tennis groups. He played paddle tennis in the month before he died. When his children were young, he coached soccer, baseball, basketball and football teams.
He was a founder, vice chairman and treasurer of the Westchester Council for the Arts, now Arts Westchester.
When the McCreerys moved to Scarsdale in the mid-’60s, Mr. Johnson was already trustee. As trustee he was closely involved with the gifts of land to the village from the famed jeweler Harry Winston and a subsequent lawsuit by Winston’s sons disputing the village’s right to determine how the land would be used. When the case went to the state Supreme Court in 1989, “Boine was instrumental to the village winning that case,” McCreery said. “He was able to refer to events from his bound notebooks.”
“Scarsdale has lost one of its lions,” McCreery added. “No one has pursued the betterment of the village more successfully or for a longer period of time than Boine. He devoted countless hours to the betterment of the village beginning with his time spent with the Town Club down to present day. He was always well informed on the issues affecting the village. I will miss my longtime friend. The village will miss him too.”
Village manager Al Gatta said, “He was someone I could talk to. You really had to know Boine to appreciate his intelligence, his sense of humor and his love for the village. A lot of people didn’t see these wonderful qualities. He was smart, fun to talk to. He could present something in the plainest of language, but it would have a profound impact. He never let emotion get in the way of a thought. I would ask him from time to time what he thought. He would tell it to me straight. Boy, would he tell it to me straight. I valued his opinion.
“It’s a terrible loss for the community. He was such a booster and supporter of the village. It was his whole life. He wanted to stay here and pay taxes. If you didn’t know him, you wouldn’t have known that. He was the first to complain about taxes, but he saw taxes as the price we pay for civilization.”
Boine Johnson married Kathleen Piaggesi, who survives him, in 1992. The couple were married by then-mayor McCreery.
He is also survived by his sister Barbara Cass and brother John; his children Boine, Marc, Jordan and Jann; and his seven grandchildren, Boine, Cassie, Alicia, Alexander, Anneke, Jessica and Elodie.
A celebration of Mr. Johnson’s life will be held at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club Sunday, March 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his memory to either the Amateur Comedy Club Century Fund, 150 E. 36 St., New York, NY 10016 or Williams College, Alumni Fund Class of ’53, 75 Park St., Williamstown, MA 01267.