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Johnson, longtime gardening expert, dies at 70

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Galveston County gardeners lost a friend on February 12 when Master Gardener and The Post Newspaper columnist William M. Johnson suddenly passed away at the age of 70.

A longtime administrator of Galveston County’s AgriLife extension office, Johnson made a lasting impact throughout the area with his expertise in gardening. During his time in the area, the number of certified master gardeners in Galveston County increased from less than ten to well over 200 who are actively participating in gardening.

One of Johnson’s unique strengths was his ability to help other experts analyze tree damage following hurricanes, floods, and cold snaps.

“Not only has Galveston County lost a brilliant mind, but it lost a friend,” said The Post Newspaper Editor Brandon C. Williams. “William left a lasting legacy that will be carried on by the many master gardeners he helped developed.”

Johnson received one of the highest honors from Texas A&M University when he honored with the Regents Fellow Service Award, which goes to system employees who provide elite professional service to society that has left an impact throughout Texas and beyond.

The Virginia-born Johnson received a doctorate degree in plant pathology from Oklahoma State University before moving to Texas.

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