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Museum director

Waldo Cory Melrose Johnston, Museum director. Fellow Davenport College, Yale University.


Johnston, Waldo Cory Melrose was born on September 21, 1913 in Cooperstown, New York, United States. Son of Waldo Cory and Marie (Jones) Johnston.


AB, Yale University, 1937;postgraduate, Harvard University, 1938.


Teacher, Pomfret (Connecticut) School, 1939-1941;assistant headmaster, Pomfret (Connecticut) School, 1946-1951;executive secretary, Yale Alumni Board, New Haven, 1951-1959;director commission on enrollment and scholarships, Yale Alumni Board, New Haven, 1960-1965;associate director alumni relations, Yale Alumni Board, New Haven, 1960-1965;director, Mystic (Connecticut) Seaport Museum, 1965-1978;director emeritus, Mystic (Connecticut) Seaport Museum, since 1978;trustee, Mystic (Connecticut) Seaport Museum, 1978;headmaster, Berkshire School, 1978-1979;headmaster emeritus, Berkshire School, since 1979.


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Member advisory committee South St. Seaport Museum, New York City, 1969-1993. Trustee Sail Education Association, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, since 1971, Connecticut River Found, 1982-1988. Board governors Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland, 1971-1982.

Member advisory committee Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation, Wilmington, Delaware, 1974-1977, advisory council Society for Preservation New England Antiquities, Boston, 1976-1993. Board directors American alumni Council, 1953-1960, secretary treasurer, 1953-1958, president, 1960-1961. Member board admissions Yale University, 1955-1965.

Director Dwight Hall, 1952-1965. Board directors New Haven Council Social Agencies, 1952-1965, Cooperstown Art Association. President Cooperstown Art Association, 1955-1956, honorary, since 1961.

Trustee Berkshire School, Sheffield, Massachusetts, 1956-1978, 79-89, headmaster 1978-1979, trustee emeritus, since 1989, executive committee 1963-1978. Board incorporators Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, New London, Connecticut, 1965-1979, Connecticut Blue Cross, 1973-1974. Board directors Connecticut Blue Cross, 1974-1979.

Trustee National Trust for History Preservation, Washington, 1974-1980, member executive committee, 1975-1980, chairman maritime preservation committee, 1976-1982. Member Maritime Task Force, 1982-1988. Member advisory board Hartford National Bank, 1965-1978.

Served from Second lieutenant to lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1941-1945. Member American Association Museums, Council American Maritime Museums (president 1973-1978, honorary fellow since 1978), American Association State and Local History, Newcomen Society (honorary), International Congress Maritime Museums (executive committee 1974-1981, honorary founding fellow since 1981), New York State History Association, Connecticut Antiquarian Society, American Sail Training Association, American Catboat Association (honorary), Scroll and Key, Yeamans Hall Club, Charleston, South Carolina, North America Station Royal Scandinavian Yacht Club (governor 1973-1978), New York Yacht Club, The Century Association (New York City), Mory's Association (New Haven), Essex Club (Connecticut), Yacht Club, Off Soundings Club (Connecticut), Cruising Club American.


Married Elinor Doolittle, July 1, 1939. Children: Waldo Cory Melrose, Elinor (Mistress Gilbert Vincent), Carol (Mistress Amos Galpin), James Andrews Melrose.

Waldo Cory Johnston

Marie (Jones) Johnston

Elinor Doolittle

Waldo Cory Melrose Johnston

Elinor Johnston (Mistress Gilbert Vincent)

Carol Johnston (Mistress Amos Galpin)

James Andrews Melrose Johnston