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"In Memory of Clyde E. Johnson," from Nebraska Bird Review (September 2004) 72(3).


Copyright 2004, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Long-time NOU member Clyde Johnson passed away on May 4, 2003. He is survived by his wife Emma, who now resides in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Clyde and Emma lived in Omaha, where Clyde was employed as an insurance agent. They made numerous birding trips to Central America, Europe and Asia. Few other details of his life are available, which is quite likely just the way Clyde wanted it. Although Clyde was quiet about his personal life, he was well known among NOU members for his contributions of time, enthusiasm and money to the organization.

Clyde and Emma joined the NOV in 1969, and Clyde served as the Nebraska Coordinator for the Breeding Bird Survey for many years. They made generous contributions to the Birds of Nebraska publication effort and to the Endowment Fund. In 1998 they donated funds to help pay for new shelving for the NOU library. After his death, their collection of natural history books (451 titles, including valuable first edition volumes and field guides from around the world) was donated to the NOU library, along with glass-fronted bookcases and a gift to the Endowment Fund.