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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to express their sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends of G. Seely Johnston, who passed  away
 5    on February 7, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS,  G.  Seeley Johnston was born on May 25, 1903 in
 7    Champaign  County  to  Harley  Tenney  and  Clara  Roe  Seely
 8    Johnston; he attended Pleasant Ridge, a  one-room  school  in
 9    Champaign County, and graduated from Champaign High School in
10    1920;   he was a 1924 graduate of the University of Illinois,
11    having been a student in the College of Commerce with  minors
12    in  history and geology; he was a booster of Illini athletics
13    as  a  charter  member  of   the   University   of   Illinois
14    Grant-in-Aid   program   and   the   University  of  Illinois
15    Quarterback Club; Mr.  Johnston  was  also  active  in  Delta
16    Upsilon  fraternity  at the local and national level and kept
17    ties with young and old members alike; and

18        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Johnston  began  in  the  sporting   goods
19    business,  Johnston's  Sport  Shop,  in downtown Champaign in
20    1926; his first shop was on the second floor at 8 Main Street
21    which later moved to to its current location  at  34  Chester
22    Street  in  1970; the shop became a springboard for dozens of
23    political and civic involvements; and

24        WHEREAS, Mr. Johnston became involved in politics in  the
25    1960's, managing the mayoral campaign of Emmerson Dexter; and
26    as  a  member of the Champaign City Council from 1965 through
27    1973 and ran for mayor in 1967 and 1975; and

28        WHEREAS, Mr. Johnston was well known at Chanute Air Force
29    Base where he was the self-appointed emissary from  Champaign
30    and  friend  to  airmen  and commanders alike for most of the
31    century; and
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 1        WHEREAS,  Mr.   Johnston   held   memberships   in   many
 2    organizations  including,  being a member of the First United
 3    Methodist Church of Champaign, where he taught Sunday School;
 4    he was the oldest member  of  the  Champaign  Exchange  Club,
 5    having  been  a  member  since  1926, state secretary for the
 6    Illinois Exchange Clubs; a member of the American Revolution,
 7    the Champaign County  Club,  American  Legion  Post  24,  the
 8    Champaign  Elks  CLub, the Champaign Chamber of Commerce, the
 9    Champaign Moose Club and the Champaign Farm Bureau; he was  a
10    longtime  member  of  the  Champaign  County  Fair  Board and
11    organized many Senior  Citizen  Days  at  the  fair;  and  an
12    officer  of the Mckinley YMCA where he organized fund-raisers
13    for cancer and cerebral palsy; and

14        WHEREAS,  Among  Mr.  Johnston's   greatest   loves   was
15    promoting  local  sports,  primarily  Champaign  Central High
16    School  and  the  University  of  Illinois;  he  started  the
17    forerunner of Little League in Champaign County in the 1920's
18    and helped form and served on the Champaign Recreation  Board
19    which  has  sponsored dozens of softball and basketball teams
20    over the years; in 1998, Champaign Central High School  named
21    its  honor  hall  after  Mr.  Johnston  in recognition of the
22    decades of support he has given to the school; he also has  a
23    park in Champaign named after him; and

24        WHEREAS,  The passing of G. Seely Johnston will be deeply
25    felt by all who knew and  loved  him,  especially  his  wife,
26    Anne;  his  son, Scott Johnston; his daughter, Jan Glick; his
27    four  grandchildren;   and   his   six   great-grandchildren;
28    therefore, be it

31    we mourn, along with all who knew him, the death of G.  Seely
32    Johnston of Champaign, Illinois; and be it further
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 1        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 2    presented to the family of G. Seely Johnston with our sincere
 3    condolences.

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