We at the College of Architecture + Planning learned of the sad news of the passing of Morris Earl Johnson, founding faculty member of the University of Utah Department of City & Metropolitan Planning on December 12, 2015. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with the Johnson family and also all of those who were touched by his presence.
It is with great sadness that I learned of Morris’s passing. Morris is one of the founders of the planning program at the University of Utah, a program that I now have the honor of directing. The seeds that Morris sowed have grown into an internationally recognized Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, with an undergrad major, two master’s degrees, and a PhD program. More than 200 students call our department home each year, and our graduates are engaging with communities all over the U.S. and around the globe. Without Morris, none of this would have happened. We honor and remember Morris each time we gather for a meeting in the Morris Johnson Conference Room in our department offices.
On behalf of the University of Utah Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, we offer condolences to Morris’s family and our gratitude for his life, creativity, and generosity.
-Keith Bartholomew, Interim Chair