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Dear friends and family,

We are writing today with sad news.  Our father passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on Tuesday at his home in Maine.

We are not planning a funeral, but there will be a memorial service.  We will be posting information on this website.

No flowers, please, but consider contributing to the scholarship we will be establishing in Marc’s memory at Boston University.  More information about how to do that will be posted on this website.

Kirsten and Nicole Johnson

Memorial Service Aug. 28

We want to let you know that the time and place have been set for Marc’s memorial service.  It will be at the Rockport Opera House in Rockport, Maine on Thursday, August 28th at 5:00pm.  The Opera House was the Vermeer’s summer home and we can think of no more fitting place to honor his memory.  We hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate his life.

 

Nicole and Kirsten 

Scholarship info

Marc loved working at Boston University.  But there was one issue that always concerned him… financial aid.  We are therefore setting up a scholarship in his memory.  For those of you wishing to make a contribution, you can do so by sending a check marked “in memory of Marc Johnson” to

Boston University College of Fine Arts,

Office of Development

855 Commonwealth Ave.

Boston, MA, 02215

The money will go to cello students.  Thank you so much for considering honoring him in this way!!

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Marc’s Obituary

Marc Johnson, 67, of Cushing, Maine, died of a heart attack on April 8, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 5, 1947, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathie Daniel Johnson, after 40 years of marriage. Survived by two children who are both professional musicians, Nicole Johnson of New York City, and Kirsten Johnson Shah of Philadelphia, and one grandson, Sebastian Colin Shah.  He is also survived by his mother, Ruth, and his younger brother, Chris. 

Marc was a cellist and a member of the world renowned Vermeer String Quartet from 1973 until 2007. The quartet performed at nearly all of the major music festivals and venues in the world, touring frequently over nearly four decades of performance. For over thirty years, the Vermeer was quartet-in-residence at the Bay Chamber Concerts Summer Music Festival in Rockport, Maine. The quartet received three Grammy nominations, the last for a recording of the six Bartók quartets in 2005. 

Marc was a professor at the Northern Illinois Univeristy in Dekalb, until 2007, and a faculty member of Boston University until his untimely death. He and his wife shared a passion for gardening, and their garden was featured on the 2010 Georges River Land Trust garden tour. He cheerfully traveled across the globe to perform, teach lessons, and give masterclasses. His infectious laugh and quick wit will be sorely missed by family, friends, and his many students.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Boston University in honor of Marc Johnson. A memorial service will be held at a later date.