Thomas Elliott Johnson 

Passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021 at his home in Vienna, Virginia. He is survived by his beloved wife, Insoon; two devoted sons, Donald and Robert; his five granddaughters, and six nieces and nephews.

Born March 29, 1932, in Miami, Florida to George D. Johnson and Margaret Elliott both of Danville, Illinois. He received both an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1954, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, as well as a master’s degree in economics and transportation in 1956. Tom was a lifelong Gators fan and while at the University of Florida was president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

His career was one dedicated to service to his country. After graduation, he served in the US Army for three years, stationed primarily in Okinawa, Japan. Upon leaving the military, he embarked on a 35-year career in the US Agency for International Development culminating in a position in the Senior Foreign Service. His focus was economic development and helping build infrastructure in South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Egypt and Thailand. Throughout his career his strong preference was to be away from the bureaucracy of Washington, DC and “in the field” making a difference.He will be remembered for his dedication to his family.

Tom never missed his sons’ sporting events, Boy Scout activities, or concerts as they grew up. He was always there to guide and mentor them even after adulthood. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.  Details as well as the ability to share a memory with the family is available at

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