NASELLE— After a 35-year academic career at the University of Washington, Naselle native Glen Johnson retired recently as a faculty member in the School of Dentistry. Dr. Johnson retired at the rank of professor and served his entire academic career in the UW Department of Restorative Dentistry.
After working for six years in the field of engineering, Dr. Johnson pursued a degree in dentistry at the University of Washington, graduating in 1978. Thereafter he established a private dental practice in Olympia, and in 1980, began teaching at the UW School of Dentistry on a half-time basis. To qualify for a full-time, tenure track position, Dr. Johnson pursued advanced studies in the field of Dental Materials at the University of Michigan from 1981-83.
He began his full-time career at UW in 1983 and continued until this June. He received several awards from students and peers during his career, and was the recipient of the Washington State Dental Association Faculty Award in 2011 and the UW School of Dentistry Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teacher Award in 2013.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Johnson is a noted dental materials researcher, focusing on laboratory and clinical evaluation of new restorative dental materials and techniques. He has published more than 60 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and gave numerous presentations at scientific and professional meetings during his career.
In retirement, Dr. Johnson and his wife, Susan, hope to spend as much time as possible in his hometown of Naselle, where his roots go back to Finnish great-grandparents who established a homestead along the banks of the Upper Naselle River. His parents were Alfred and Ellen Johnson of Naselle. His brother, Alan Johnson and wife Shirley, live in Ilwaco, while his other brother, Dale Johnson, lives in Astoria.
Dr. Johnson and Susan, a retired reading specialist for the Lake Washington School District, have three married children and six grandchildren.