Obituary for Kurt Viking Johnson
Kurt V. Johnson of Doylestown died peacefully on January 16, 2018 after a long illness. He was 85. Born in Staten Island, NY, he attended Rutgers University and earned his BSEE and MS degrees from Newark College of Engineering. Throughout his early childhood he sang on WOR radio in New York on a weekly program called “Rainbow House,” and continued to perform on other radio programs into his teen years.
He enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War and served on the USS Valcour and USS Midway as an Electronics Technician (ET2). He began his long career working in R&D for Bell Telephone Labs in Murray Hill, NJ, then for several companies as a systems and circuit designer, and as Chief Engineer at Solid State Research, Inc., Philadelphia. His later career focused on telemetry systems and contracts for military, aerospace, and industrial applications, including work on the NASA Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. For 17 years he was Vice President of Telemetry Systems at Aydin Monitor Systems, then Proposal Manager for Microcom, Inc., and Director of Proposals for L-3 Communications Telemetry East.
He was a gifted musician and enjoyed many hobbies including photography, camping, Ham radio, hunting, gardening and writing. He enriched the lives of all he knew with his wit and wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaretha (“Lalla”), brother Kaare Allan of Hackettstown, NJ, son Hans of Doylestown, daughter Marianne and grandsons Henry and Kevin of Los Angeles, CA, daughter Anita and husband Quentin Sullivan of Haverhill, MA, daughter Ingrid of Riegelsville, PA, son Dr. Rolf Johansson and wife Vanesha Pravin of Merced, CA, and son Carl and partner Martha Sholl of Haverhill, MA.
Interment will be private. A memorial is planned for June, 2018 and will be announced at a later date.