NPPA Charter Member Maurice Johnson, 86

A memorial service will be held February 3, 2006, in Chevy Chase, MD, for NPPA charter member Maurice Johnson, 86, who was the longest serving director of the U.S. Senate Press Photographers Gallery in Washington, DC, until he retired in 1998. Johnson died December 22 at his home.

Johnson was a legendary Washington congressional photographer, and he became the superintendent of the Senate Gallery for press photographers in 1969. He was a photographer for International News Photos and United Press International before serving in the Capitol. He’s also a past president of the White House News Photographers Association. Johnson was a charter NPPA member when it Joseph Costa founded the organization in 1946 and he remained an active member through 1954.

Surviving Johnson are his wife, Rolanda, and children Keith and Maureen.

Johnson’s memorial service is scheduled to be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD, on February 3 at 2 p.m. and a reception will follow. For more information about the service please contact Senate Gallery director Jeff Kent at +

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, 7913 Westpark Drive, Suite 101, McLean, VA, 22102.