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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Potato Salad, Steak, Barbeque
Favorite Time of Year:
Fishing Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Be Not Worried For In Due Season, You Will Reap If You Fret Not.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1921
Birth Location:
Alliance, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Potato Salad, Steak, Barbeque
Favorite Time of Year:
Fishing Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Be Not Worried For In Due Season, You Will Reap If You Fret Not.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1921
Birth Location:
Alliance
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Biography

Education administrator and accountant Harry George Johns was born on December 7, 1921 in Alliance, Ohio to Iona Huskey Johns and Ewing James from Springfield, Tennessee. He attended Seneca Elementary School and graduated from Alliance High School in 1939. In 1940, Johns enrolled at Wilberforce College where he was a member of the school’s ROTC program and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. In 1943, Johns volunteered for the United States Army and completed basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After receiving artillery training, Johns attended infantry school at Fort Bennie near Columbus, Georgia.

In 1944, Johns became apart of the attachment to General Patton’s Third Army and helped allied forces break through German lines of defense at Saint Lo. One day, after fighting in battle, Johns and his regiment faced false accusations of rape by an elderly German woman. During his time overseas, Johns later experienced similar racist practices while majoring in accounting and business management at the Sheringham American University in Sheringham, England.

In 1946, Johns returned to the U.S. and re-enrolled at Wilberforce College. He graduated with his B.S. degree in accounting in 1947 and went on to attend Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated with his M.A. degree in 1949. That same year, Johns was hired as the assistant bursar at Central State University. In 1951, he was promoted to the position of university controller and also became a founding board member of the Central State University federal credit union. Johns was promoted to business manager of Central State University in 1955, and in 1959, he became the vice president of fiscal affairs and the director of physical and future planning. Johns later served as dean of the college of business at Central State University from 1972 until 1977.

Later, Johns founded H.D. Johns Associates and began providing educational management services. In 1970, he became a member of Xenia Rotary Club and served as the club’s first black president in 1974. Johns has received various awards and recognitions including the Central State University College of Business Administration Alumnus Award, the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce Award and the PAL of the Year Award. Johns is also recognized through Central State University’s Dr. Harry G. Johns Scholarship.

Harry Johns passed away on March 19, 2018.

Johns was interviewed by the The History Makers on February 27, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Harry Johns lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Harry Johns describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Harry Johns describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Harry Johns talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Harry Johns describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Harry Johns remembers his community in Alliance, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Harry Johns talks about his siblings' decision to leave Alliance, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Harry Johns remembers his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Harry Johns describes his neighborhood in Alliance, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Harry Johns describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Harry Johns remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Harry Johns remembers his early interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Harry Johns describes his experiences during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Harry Johns remembers his decision to become an educator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Harry Johns recalls his activities at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Harry Johns talks about the popularity of high school football in Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Harry Johns remembers the lack of African American role models in Alliance, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Harry Johns remembers entering Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Harry Johns remembers his classmates at Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Harry Johns recalls his influences at Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Harry Johns talks about Hallie Q. Brown's contributions to Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Harry Johns recalls the start of World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Harry Johns remembers the U.S. Army's specialized training programs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Harry Johns recalls an experience of discriminatory policing in Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Harry Johns describes the discrimination against black officer trainees at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Harry Johns recalls joining the 999th Field Artillery Battalion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Harry Johns remembers the segregation of the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Harry Johns talks about the Battle of Saint-Lo
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Harry Johns remembers the end of World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Harry Johns remembers an accusation of rape against a black soldier
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Harry Johns reflects upon the experiences of African American troops during World War II