College president; administrator; professor. Born– November 25, 1921, Ozark, Ala. Parents– Thomas Maxwell and Susan (Spires) Johns. Married– Martha Mauney, August 23, 1947. Children– Three. Education– Furman University, A.B., 1947; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1948, Ph.D., 1959. U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-1945; received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, and three Battle Stars. Professor of history, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, 1948-63; business manager, 1963-68; vice-president, 1968-70; president, 1970-76. President, Furman University, Greenville, SC, 1976-1994. Member; Florida Historical Society; Southern Historical Association; Southern Association of College Business Officers; Southern Baptist Educational Commission (member and chair), and other civic and professional organizations. Received honorary doctoral degrees from Stetson University, William Jewell College, Rollins College, and Limestone College. Awarded the Order of the Palmetto and the Order of the Silver Crescent by the State of South Carolina. Died September 27, 2007.
Papers related to Dr. Johns’ tenure as president of Furman University are held in the special collections library at Furman. Stetson University Library holds papers of his tenure at Stetson.
Contemporary Authors, Vol. 9R; Marquis Who’s Who online.
Florida During the Civil War. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1963.