Lynne Johnson ’62

Charles S. Judd Jr. ’38 Humanitarian Awardee

Department: Alumni Profiles


Each year, the Punahou Alumni Association recognizes a group of individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of others through service and contribution to the communities of Punahou, Hawai‘i and beyond. The individual stories of this year’s awardees feature diverse vocations, a variety of passions and an unwavering commitment to the School. Their achievements are an inspiration to the entire Punahou community.

Read additional stories in this feature by Myron Arakawa ’66, Richard Cox ’38, Kaui Hart Hemmings ’94, Eric Kusunoki, Allen Murabayashi ’90, Kahi Pacarro ’97, Kenneth Richardson ’48 and Loretta Luke ’64 Yajima.

Charles S. Judd Jr. ’38 Humanitarian Award

The Charles S. Judd Jr. ’38 Humanitarian Award is given to Punahou alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society in the fields of public service, humanitarian or charitable efforts, arts, letters or sciences, in Hawai‘i.

By Erin Teruya ’93 Kinney

Arts and music thrive in Honolulu today, thanks to the contributions of Lynne Johnson ’62. She is currently the board chair of the Honolulu Museum of Art, but served as the unpaid executive director of the museum during merger discussions between the Honolulu Academy of Art and The Contemporary Museum. The joining of the two museums created a financially strong museum for Hawai‘i.

“The arts inspire. They give us creativity, they give us discipline,” said Johnson as she accepted her award.

“Lynne’s unheralded commitment to the museum founded by her great-grandmother in 1927, proved that the family cultural genes endure into a new generation,” said Judy Dawson ’57 and J. Douglas Kilpatrick III ’57, who nominated Johnson for the award.

Music is her other passion. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa in 2009 and now teaches music history.

As board chair of the Honolulu Symphony Society, Johnson guided the society through a very difficult period of financial challenge, but managed to keep the Society afloat, musicians paid and the music going.

Johnson was a recipient of the YWCA’s Leader Award in 1997 and was recognized as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1998.


  • Submitted by Joanne Lee

    8/4/2016 3:30:58 PM

    Well-deserved, Lynne. Thank you for your contributions! And thanks, Judy and Doug, for your nomination! Joanne Lee, Class of '57

  • Submitted by Mike Befeler

    8/4/2016 7:24:27 PM

    Congratulations, Lynne. Well deserved. See you at our 55th reunion next year

  • Submitted by Ron Cox

    8/5/2016 9:42:18 PM

    Lynne, congratulations to you on your outstanding achievements. Well done!

  • Submitted by Gail Young Brandon

    8/6/2016 5:15:28 PM

    What a wonderful accomplishment for you, Lynne. It is nice that we, who grew up on Tantalus, can celebrate your generous outpouring of contributions to the betterment of the arts and culture in Honolulu. Thank you for all you do. Aloha, Gail Young Brandon

  • Submitted by Jeff Lurie

    8/8/2016 2:38:26 AM

    Congratulations Lynne. Well deserved.

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