David Johnston Parents: Meet Dorothy Stonehouse Johnston and Lloyd Johnston

Written by: Amos Osrah

David Johnston is a Canadian academic, author, and former politician who served as the 28th Governor General of Canada from 2010 to 2017. He was born on June 28, 1941, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Johnston attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and later a law degree. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in government from Harvard.

Johnston’s academic career began at Queen’s University, where he was a professor of law and served as dean of the Faculty of Law from 1974 to 1979.

He later served as the principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University from 1979 to 1994 and as the president of the University of Waterloo from 1999 to 2010.

In addition to his academic career, Johnston has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the World Economic Forum, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

He has also authored or co-authored more than 20 books, including “The Canadian Quandary” and “The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation.”

David Johnston’s wife is Sharon Johnston. Sharon Johnston is an accomplished landscape architect and former teacher.

David Johnston Parents

David Johnston Parents: Meet Dorothy Stonehouse Johnston and Lloyd Johnston

David Johnston was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada to Dorothy Stonehouse Johnston and Lloyd Johnston.

Lloyd Johnston was a hardware store owner and an officer in the Canadian Army during World War II.

Dorothy Johnston was a nurse and a homemaker. David Johnston grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he attended elementary and high school.


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