July 24, 2012

Grambling State University Mourns Former First Lady

Lula Johnson, first lady for 17 years, died Sunday

GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University family mourns the death of Lula Johnson, the wife of former president Dr. Joseph B. Johnson.

“The Grambling State University family joins all who knew and worked with Mrs. Johnson and Dr. Johnson our deepest sympathies,” said Frank G. Pogue, Ph.D. “Mrs. Johnson was the first lady of Grambling State University for more than 17 years. It may not be commonly known, but the first lady is the president’s biggest encourager and supporter.”

“Mrs. Lula Johnson was affectionately referred to as the Perfect First Lady,” said Ellen Smiley, Ph.D., executive assistant to President Pogue and a colleague and friend of the Johnsons. “She complimented her husband, President Joseph B. Johnson well, and she was a joy to all those who met her.

“"She was a very classy First Lady who was always polite,” added Janis Bluford, who was hired by President Johnson and now serves as President Pogue’s senior assistant. “I admired how 
she supported her husband as president of GSU and took care of her young 
triplets — Joey, Julie and Juliet. She was loved and admired by

Mrs. Johnson worked in Lincoln Parish and at the Alma J. Brown Elementary Laboratory School at Grambling State University as a supervising teacher for 14 years. She was a champion for family, children and her alma mater, Grambling State University.

Services will be held July 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Marks AME Church in Atlanta, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Education Fund of the St. Marks AME Church, 3605 Campbellton Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.

The university will hold a service in honor of Mrs. Johnson in August. Details will follow.

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