Class of 1949

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James C. Johnson

Active Community leader

Served on eight Royal Oak City Commissions

Actively supported Royal Oak Public Schools

Royal Oak resident since 1936

Inductee, Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 1999

James C. Johnson graduated from Royal Oak High School in June, 1949. While in high school his athletic interests included golf, swimming and football. He was a member of the 1948 Border Cities League Championship football team. He was also an active member in several high school clubs.

Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Detroit Institute of Technology and served as a senior accountant and office manager for the Royal Oak CPA firm of Clarence H. Johnson. James Johnson has shared his knowledge of finance and accounting by serving as treasurer and board member of many organizations including the local Baptist Church, the National Bank of Royal Oak, the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army and the YMCA of South Oakland county.

On countless occasions James C. Johnson has demonstrated his willingness to give of his time and expertise to improve the city of Royal Oak. He served as a city commission from 1966 to 1973 and again from 1988 to 1994. He was active in the campaign to establish a formal recycling program in the community.

His time, efforts and insights have been valuable to a wide range of other city projects. He chaired the planning commission and provided leadership in the creation and maintenance of the city's golf courses. He has aided in the development of the downtown area of Royal Oak which is now the metropolitan center for dining and entertainment. His efforts led to the improvement of city roads and the modernization of our fire department. James Johnson has given many hours of his time to the projects of the Royal Oak Kiwanis Club and had a perfect attendance record at their meeting for over 28 years.

Mr. Johnson was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 1999.