Norman E. Johnson, age 88, passed away on July 1st, 2020, with his family by his side.
Norman served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, was married, and had children and grandchildren. He worked at a major hospital as Chief Radiologic & Administration Technologist and remained department director for 22 years. While there he founded a School of Radiologic Technology and served as school director. He invented and designed x-ray equipment including an angiographic x-ray table and a radiation control unit.
Norman studied journalism and photography and was a member of the OWAA (Outdoor Writers Assn. of America) as a professional writer. He had numerous published articles and photos in magazines, books, and digests, along with several magazine covers and writing awards. Norman pursued studies in ballistics, machining, and gunsmithing. and invented/designed several items, including a case neck gauge, scope alignment rods, and several custom cartridges. He was well known for his knowledge of gun and bow repair, machining and gunsmithing abilities, and all manner of firearms knowledge. He always had a great desire to test and improve the accuracy of firearms and loads and numerous other items and then writing about how it was accomplished. His work for American Gunsmith was highly influential and will be greatly missed.
Norman loved golf, gave many golf lessons, and won 31 golf tournaments around the local area. He hunted whitetail deer with bow and arrow and fox and coyote with a rifle — often snow-shoeing long distances in bitter, cold temperatures and always writing about his adventures later.
He will be greatly missed.