Ernest A. “Al” Johnson ’39 and Joe Stanitis

The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of two longtime members of the college community.
Ernest A. “Al” Johnson ’39, professor emeritus of Romance languages at the college, died Sunday, May 14. He was 89 years old. Prof. Johnson taught at Amherst from 1941 until his retirement in 1985. Services will be held at the Congregational Church on Limerock Street in Rockland, Maine, on Friday, May 26.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pedro Grases Prize in Spanish, a fund established at Amherst by Prof. Johnson.
Longtime athletics trainer Joe Stanitis died at home in Hadley, Mass. on Tuesday, May 16. He was 84 years old. From 1944 to 1950, Mr. Stanitis worked at as a janitor in Beta Theta Pi and Alpha Delta Phi. In 1950 he became an athletic trainer for the college, a position he held until his retirement in 1984. When he retired, Mr. Stanitis traveled to Nashville to be inducted into the National Training Association’s Hall of Fame. Mr. Stanitis is survived by his wife, Evangeline (Mayo) Stanitis. Calling hours are Friday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Douglas Funeral Home in Amherst, Mass. A funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley.