TWC piano donation honors Harry C. Johnson Jr.

Posted on: November 20, 2012

Catherine "Cacky" Wentworth-Johnson has recently donated a piano in honor of her late husband, Harry C. Johnson Jr., to Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Catherine “Cacky” Wentworth-Johnson has recently donated a piano in honor of her late husband, Harry C. Johnson Jr., to Tennessee Wesleyan College. Mrs. Wentworth-Johnson, who contributed the piano to the college to be used for events in Sherman Hall, hopes that the piano will honor Mr. Johnson’s love for his alma mater and his love of music.

“I am thrilled beyond measure to make this contribution to Tennessee Wesleyan College,” said Mrs. Wentworth-Johnson, who graduated from TWC in 1962 with a dual degree in piano performance and education.

“I know that Harry is somewhere smiling about this gift to Tennessee Wesleyan in his honor. He appreciated art in all forms and was musically talented. He was a wonderful man who valued giving back to his college, church, family and community.”

Mr. Johnson, a 1947 graduate of TWC, received a degree in culture from the college before going on to become the owner of Johnson Real Estate, where he managed several apartment complexes in the local community. Years after graduating from TWC, Mr. Johnson continued to maintain a close relationship with the college.

Throughout the years Mr. Johnson diligently made contributions to better Tennessee Wesleyan. He established an endowed TWC music scholarship in honor of his late wife Mary Elizabeth Johnson, as well as helped lead a committee in 1993 to raise funds for renovations on TWC’s Townsend Memorial Hall stage.

“The college is immensely grateful for Harry’s legacy at the school and Cacky’s dedication to honoring that legacy,” said Dr. Harley Knowles, TWC president. “We are so thankful for the generations of people who will enjoy this instrument in honor of Harry.”

In addition to Mr. Johnson’s role at Johnson Real Estate, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, served as the first president of the Tennessee Wesleyan College Board of Visitors and was active in being involved in his community, dedicating much of his time to community service and outreach.

“Tennessee Wesleyan has always held a special place in mine and Harry’s hearts,” said Mrs. Wentworth-Johnson. “I hope that this piano serves Tennessee Wesleyan and its students well. My life changed when I came to TWC and I know future Wesleyan graduates will feel the same way. My only hope is that this piano will be a part of that journey.”