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At 8:45 PM, March 12th, Lemuel Johnson died at home. Over the last seven months he endured an increasingly painful and hopeless illness with good humor, unfaltering courage, and immense courtesy. He retained a sweetness and serenity of disposition through his last moments of consciousness and died as he lived, with grace and dignity, assured of the love of his family and friends, and seeking to reassure them. A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Professor Johnson to aid in the the reconstruction of Holy Trinity Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which was severely damaged in the recent conflict. This was the church that Lemuel's dearly beloved grandfather, the late Rev. S.S. Williams, served as priest and canon, and it meant a great deal to Lemuel as a defining place of memory and imagination. Contributions should be addressed to The Lemuel Johnson Church Fund, National City Bank, 505 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Cremation has taken place as Lemuel wished, and at some future point his ashes will be distributed in Sierra Leone and New Mexico. Lemuel Johnson has been honored with a 2002 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, made posthumously. This award "recognizes University of Michigan faculty members on the Ann Arbor campus who have exhibited outstanding leadership in the area of cultural diversity." Professor Monts's letter says further that "Dr. Johnson's contributions to the multicultural mission of the University were extensive and of extraordinary caliber."
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