Louis and Virginia Johnson Named Homecoming Parade Marshals

Louis Johnson and his wife, Virginia, will serve as parade marshals for this year's annual Homecoming parade. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Johnson's appointment to the Tennessee Tech faculty in the College of Business.

Of the selection, Lee Wray of the university's Office of Alumni Relations, said, "We wanted to bestow this honor on the Johnsons for all their hard work, commitment and service to Tennessee Tech."

A faculty member since 1936, Louis Johnson became dean of the College of Business in 1940 and is the namesake of Tennessee Tech's Johnson Hall. He retired in 1978; that same year, the Tennessee Tech chapter of Pi Kappa Delta named him Outstanding Alumnus.

Born in Silver Point, Tenn., Johnson attended Tennessee Tech for several years but earned his bachelor's degree at Bowling Green College of Commerce (now Western Kentucky University) in 1932. He also holds a master's degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Virginia Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee Tech in 1944. She taught business communications at the university for 23 years, retiring in 1975. The couple met in Baxter, where Virginia taught high school for many years. They were married in 1931.

The annual Homecoming parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The parade route starts at 12th Street and Dixie Avenue, continues down Dixie to Broad, circles the square and returns down Spring Street to Dixie.