MPHS Publications Editor Thomas P. Johnston

Thomas Johnston died following a valiant fight with bladder cancer, December 27, 2019 at age 61. He was the Publications Editor of the Military Postal History Society since 2017. He was also associate editor of the APS Writers Unit 30’s The Philatelic Communicator.

Thomas was active in the American Topical Association, especially the Chemistry and Physics on Stamps study unit. He was a contributing indexer for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. Other philatelic memberships include the APS, the Royal Philatelic Society London, and the Western Australia Study Group.

Johnston was also active in writing, editing, and web site design in his professional field. He edited the American Journal of Disaster Medicine and newsletters for the Health Physics Society and prepared many logos and web sites for its chapters. He edited for Wikipedia in the areas of biography and science.

He was the son of Patricia and Albert Sidney Johnston and was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and grew up in the Biloxi area of Mississippi. He served in the Navy as a nuclear engineer on the USS Truxtun, a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser. Thomas obtained his degree in health physics and radiation safety and taught these subjects at New York Medical College.

He was active on several committees of the Health Physics Society and was a member of its board of directors. He was employed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he was a health physicist and training manager at the time of passing.

Thomas is survived by his wife Dawn, three daughters, three sisters and a brother.

Alan Warren

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