Lane J. Johnson

Lane J. Johnson, professor and former Chair of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, died following a long illness.

Johnson attended the University of Denver and later earned MA and PhD degrees in geography at Clark University. He arrived at Temple from Wayne State University in 1969 and retired after 28 years of dedicated service to the department and the discipline. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany in the early 1950s.

During his academic career, Johnson specialized in urban geography and was particularly focused on exploring the changing structure of American metropolitan regions. He was known as a clear and forceful writer and a skilled editor. Johnson helped imbue the Geography Department at Temple with a critical urban focus and helped facilitate a merger of the department with the Urban Studies Program. He was a 50-year member of the AAG.

Lane J. Johnson (Necrology). 2008. AAG Newsletter 43(5): 16.