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Wallace “Wally” Johnson dies

Native Oklahoman Wallace “Wally Johnson” passed away on June 14, 2018 in Dumfries, Va. Born in Oklahoma City Aug. 8, 1939, Johnson maintained an outstanding life of service and contribution to his home town and throughout the nation.

After graduating from Douglas High School in 1957, Wally attended the University of Oklahoma and was the second African American football player for OU. As a sophomore, he had the highest academic average of all athletes at OU and later earned his Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer through the Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1961.

Johnson reported for active duty as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in March 1962, 197th INF Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., and continued his active military duty for 23 years of servicing in numerous leadership and staff assignments in the United States overseas. Wally held positions of significant responsibility and authority in infantry, special operations, logistics and ordinance specializing in missile and munitions material management on staff at a major command headquarters level. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in 1985.

Wally also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Alabama A&M University and had more than 23 years experience with industry in business development manager, program management, senior systems analyst, and strategic planner for a major multi-national corporation, Pentastar Electronics, a Chrysler Company; Automation Research Systems, Ltd an SBA Section 8(a) certified small disadvantage business (SDB); CAS, Inc. a small business and academia.

Wally retired as the Founder and Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) and Research Professor with George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Congressionally recognized, GMU’s MPP Office is a program that funds major contractors to enhance Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zones, and Women Owned Small Businesses. Under his leadership, George Mason University’s MMP was considered by DoD’s coveted Nunn Perry Awards to recognize outstanding Mentor-Protégé teams formed under the DoD Mentor-Protégé program. He also served as the Deputy Director, Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Mason Enterprise Center for the School of Public Policy.

Although retired from the military, Wally continued to serve and...To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper