In Memoriam – Allan R. Johnson, AIA

February 15, 2017

ALLAN R. JOHNSON, AIA, dies at 74.

PRINCETON, NJ.  –  The partners and staff of Rothe-Johnson-Fantacone, the former architectural firm he co founded in 1974, are deeply saddened by the passing of Allan R. Johnson, AIA. A former resident of Holmdel and Morris Township, NJ, he died December 31,2016 after suffering a stroke at his home in Louisville, KY. Funeral services were held in Lexington, KY on January 7,2017.

Allan had a boundless love of life, a vibrant personality and generous spirit. Outgoing and immediately likable, people enjoyed being with him and he enjoyed being with people. He also mentored young professionals that joined the firm and believed success was a collaborative process. His natural talents served the firm well. It grew from a two man office in a Metuchen, NJ basement to one of the areas largest, most recognized and respected firms.

Notable projects for which Allan was most proud included Company Headquarters for AT&T in Holmdel, NJ, which won an AIA New Jersey Design Award; the iconic Tower Center at Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike and the Bergen County Regional Day School for the Handicapped, which also received an AIA Design Award and was published in Architectural Record and AIA New Jersey Guidebook: 150 Best Buildings and Places.

A native of Danville, Ky, he was the son of the late Eugene Lowell and Zulla Marie Fothergill Johnson. He was a veteran of the United States Army and graduated from the University of Kentucky. He is survived by his wife Diane, his children Jennifer (Jeff) Johnson Bernstein,Adrienne (John) Johnson Beatty,Allan (Melba) Lombardi, Kara(John) Gerczynski, Laura Normandin and Chris (Claudemira) Lombardi and twelve grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by all those he touched throughout his life and career.



AIA New Jersey is very saddened by this loss to our architecture community in New Jersey.   In keeping with our policy of promoting architecture and mentoring our future professionals, AIA New Jersey will be making a donation in Allan’s name to the AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation.

If you would also like to make a donation in his name to the Scholarship Foundation, please send donations to:
AIA New Jersey Scholarship Foundation
c/o Jeanne Perantoni, AlA
1011 US Highway 22, Suite 203
Bridgewater, NJ  08807

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