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Robert S. Johnston Papers

Identifier: MS179

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Robert S. Johnston graduated from Georgia Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 1942. This collection contains formula sheets, graduation cards, and materials from his 50th class reunion.


  • ca. 1942, 1992, and undated


Physical Description

(three archival folders)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


0.1 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection includes four graduation cards to Robert S. Johnston. The collection also contains material from Johnston's 50th class reunion including: nametags (for him and his wife Doris), tickets, a receipt for photographs, and a welcome card. Four undated formula sheets written on the back of punch cards also form part of this collection.

Biography of Robert S. Johnston

Robert Samuel "Bob" Johnston was born ca. 1921 to Pinkney L. Johnson (1884-1957), an employee of the Southern Baptist Church, and his wife Hilda, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The second of four sons, Johnston soon moved with his family to Jacksonville, Florida, where he lived until at least 1930. In Jacksonville, Johnston's father was the editor-manager of the Florida Baptist Witness, the newspaper for the Southern Baptist Convention in Florida.

Johnston's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, at some time between 1930 and 1935. In 1937, Robert Johnston enrolled at the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology where he studied Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the swim team. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1942. In 1944, Johnston enlisted in the United States Army at Fort McPherson in Atlanta.

Not much is known about his life after World War II, but Johnston later married Doris Ethel Kelly, a saleswoman for S.H. Kress & Co., a department store in Atlanta. They had one son, Bruce Samuel Johnston, who attended Georgia Tech from 1969 to 1972, and was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity. In 1992, Bob Johnston attended the 50th Reunion of his Georgia Tech graduation class, along with his wife Doris. At that time, he was living in what is now Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available on request in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


This collection was transferred to the Georgia Tech Archives along with the Edwin Rembert DuBose collection (MS399). Accession #2005.029.

Physical Description

(three archival folders)

Processing Information

April Martin, Lindsay Resnick, and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in May 2013.

Inventory of the Robert S. Johnston Papers, ca. 1942; 1992
April Martin, Lindsay Resnick, and Christine de Catanzaro
Copyright May 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta 30332-0900 USA