Gunnard Johnston

Profile Updated: June 24, 2015
Residing In: NH USA
Spouse/Partner: Satsuko
Occupation: Education and Sales
Children: One son, Seung-gunn David Johnston, born June 04, 1992
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion

From the four-room Eliot School deep down in the Heights, next to what is now (for sixty years almost) Route 128/I-95, near Newton Upper Falls, to Stephen Palmer, to Pollard, and on to NHS sophomore year, Needham was my home. In July of 1963 my family moved from Needham up to Concord, NH, where I entered Concord High, and graduated with my class in 1965. Attended Dartmouth, but was not so interested in studies; Vietnam kept me in school, though, and I graduated a 2nd Lieutenant via Army ROTC. After a year of active duty, including jump wings via Ft. Benning, I did a 180 and asked for an early out, which was given after a drawn-out process.
After the service I did a number of different things from coast to coast for five years, and ended up meeting and joining the Unification Church -- Rev. Sun Myung Moon -- in 1975. Since then I've been all over the U.S. (all except the Dakotas and Montana), plus about twenty-five other countries.
I attended Unification Theological Seminary from 1977-79, graduating with a Masters in Religious Education. Worked on college campuses meeting students and faculty from Boston/Cambridge (Harvard) to New York (picketed Alger Hiss at Columbia) to Washington, DC, Geo Washington U., to California, Cal State , L.A.
Then in late 1980 I joined a fishing ministry, going down to St. Augustine, Florida, did shrimp dragging, then on to Miami and Key Vaca (Marathon). Did giant blue-fin tuna fishing out of Gloucester in 1981, and caught two: 879 pounds and 1027 lbs. Then (big) moved to the Washington Times newspaper, and worked out of New York city for two years, where I held conferences for NATO and also UN reps. Went out to do field work back in Boston, then down to Connecticut, Fairfield County.
Returned to NH in 1988 to head up the activities there. Did a summer of seminar programs for Soviet students in 1991 along with 100 other US folk; we had 8,000 students, parents, teachers, professors, and a number of KGB attend. Was in Moscow for the August 1991 putsch which saw Gorbachev held as hostage in the Crimea, but end on a good note, as many of our Soviet summer graduates actively opposed the putsch and called for reform; Soviet Union ended later that year. In 1996 I returned to and lived for 14 years in Lithuania with my family, as we expanded on our earlier foundation from the 1991-93 education projects.
In 2000 I brought a TV journalist from Lithuania to Korea, where we interviewed folks like former VP, Dan Quayle, former British Prime Minister, Edward Heath, and the former president of Zambia, as well as a Catholic arch-bishop, (Lech Walesa, former pres. of Poland was there, but unavailable for interview), at the occasion of Rev. Moon's 80th birthday. ... We are currently living in Seoul, Korea, where I mostly teach English. (Thank you, Miss Burke, where ever you are!!)

School Story:

Hockey, football, track and field. Syndicate Club. Hanging out with P. Carre, J. Feeley, Gary C., Tom C., K. Tracey, K. Turman, et. al..

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Jul 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM

My warm and hopeful thoughts are with you and Jay. All the best going forward.

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Aug 09, 2020 at 11:32 AM

Be strong. God loves you and all your family forever.

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Feb 04, 2020 at 12:33 PM

One of a kind.  Bull-headed.   Never change his mind.   When I think of Jeff, Frank Sinatra's "I did it my way" comes to mind.   Rest in peace, brother.   Going to miss you on this plane, but sure to see you in the future.  God bless Jeff and Martha and all their family.

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Feb 07, 2019 at 8:33 PM

Our prayers and support for you and your family at this time of transition.   Let us remember the joy and love you shared.  It is forever.

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May 18, 2018 at 12:33 PM

I remember Mary's amazing eyes.   Like looking into a clear, deep, very peaceful but full of life, light blue ocean.  I also attended the Elliot School from kindergarten through half-way third 3rd grade, whereupon my family moved from Carter Road to 743 Webster Street, near May Street.   I believe that's when I first saw Mary and her deep blue eyes, which always kind of mesmerized me, then later when we were reunited at Pollard.  God bless Mary.

Mar 07, 2018 at 11:29 AM

May God bless Janet for her love and giving to others.

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Dec 19, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Always fond memories of Ricky.  Always a positive, upbeat guy.   Live on, Mr. Positive!!   You left a good mark.


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Sep 02, 2016 at 4:33 PM

I remember Roger as a good-hearted gentle soul.   May he continue to bring his peaceful, kind heart to lift up others all over the world.

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Posted on: Mar 17, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Happy Birthday, kid. ;-)

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Sep 09, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Needham is forever a significant part of me, something that can never be removed. It's a part of who I am, a significant series of events and how I got "shaped", where I learned so many things and had so many experiences that last for eternity. I look forward to seeing and meeting all of my classmates at the reunion.

Jun 24, 2015 at 1:33 PM
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Feb 11, 2015 at 4:33 PM

I, too, was a guest at Billy's basement "bunker" a few times.   What always struck me the strongest was the fact that Billy and all his family were all at peace in accepting that Bill was always living on the edge through no fault of his own.   There was not a whole lot that could be done about hemophilia, certainly not at that time.  Billy knew it, his parents knew it, his siblings knew it.   They didn't get down and self-pitying about it but just lived on as best as circumstances allowed.   I really admired that quality about Billy and his entire family.  I remember one time I visited -- and we were in the basement -- and Billy started bouncing a basketball.  I got my turn at it and was bouncing away when Billy suddenly made a lunge for the ball to take it away from me.  When he tried to slap the ball away from me his hand hit a pencil I had in my pocket, sticking pointed end up.  Bill got a small puncture from the pencil, and a little bleeding started.   I got very concerned about it and said we should call his parents and maybe go to the doctor's office, but he just said it was no big deal, that it would have been much worse if he had bruised himself; punctures were "not such a problem".   So, we just played on.  I think Bill knew his time was going to be abbreviated, so he was determined to wring out as much as he could while he had the chance.   I say he accomplished a lot.  Bill is certainly an inspiration even now almost six decades later.