Charles Johnson, 75

Employment manager

May 12, 2007

Charles Robert Johnson, a retired state employment manager, died Sunday of complications from dementia at the Capitol Nursing Center in Dover, Del. The former Bolton Hill resident was 75.

Born in Cumberland, he grew up in Denton and Cambridge and was a 1950 graduate of the McDonogh School. He earned an English degree at Columbia University and served in the Navy from 1954 to 1957.

Mr. Johnson attended the Johns Hopkins University writers' program in the late 1950s, and in the early 1960s he taught elementary subjects in the Baltimore public schools. He later worked as a carpenter for Meyerhoff Co.

In 1966, he began working at the state Department of Employment Security, where he managed retraining programs for veterans and those who lost jobs because of foreign trade competition. He retired in 1983.

In 1961, he began restoring a house he owned on Lanvale Street in Bolton Hill. Mr. Johnson did much of the work himself and laid its extensive brick sidewalks.

In 1983 he moved to Dover. In retirement he enjoyed sailing, woodworking, gardening and the company of his dogs. He was a volunteer guide at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Episcopal Church in Dover.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 53 years, the former Holly Bradford; a son, Stephen Hughlett Johnson of Baltimore; two daughters, Elizabeth Pryor Johnson of New Haven, Conn., and Kate Bradford Rohrer of Marydel; a granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

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