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Gordon Johnston


Gordon Johnston, American educator.


Johnston, Gordon was born on July 26, 1903 in Fontanelle, Iowa, United States. Son of William Ferguson and Sybil Cornelia (Gow) Johnston.


Student Grinnell (Iowa) College, 1921-1922. Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, University of Iowa, 1925. George Washington University Law School, 1926-1927.

Bachelor of Laws, Yale, 1928.


1 daughter, Susan Alison. Admitted to Colorado bar, 1928, Illinois bar, 1929. Associate with law firm, Hicks & Folonie, Chicago, 1928-1932.

Member of faculty, University of Denver College of Law, since 1932, dean since 1948. Visiting professor, University of Colorado Law School, 1934, 35, 39. Lieutenant, United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1945.


  • Editor: Colorado Statutes and Cases on Wills and Estates (with Charles E. Works), 1948. Contributor articles and book reviews in law journals.


Member National (director), Denver (trustee, president) legal aid societies, American Bar Association (former acting adviser, section legal education and admissions to bar), Colorado (member of the Board of Governors), Denver bar associations, American Judicature Society, American Law Institute, Central City Opera House Association (radio publicity director 1935-1948), Phi Beta Kappa, Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa (national president 1951-1955), Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Phi. Clubs: University, Law (past president) (Denver).


Married Marian Ellen Edman, August 15, 1929.

William Ferguson Johnston

Sybil Cornelia (Gow) Johnston

Marian Ellen Edman