Malcolm Davis “Dave” Johnson

WHITEHALL, NY – Malcolm Davis “Dave” Johnson, 79, died March 30, 2024, at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, VT, after a short illness. He was born August 28, 1944, in Bronxville, NY, the first son of Malcolm and Janet Johnson.  He graduated from Bronxville High School in 1962. He earned an engineering degree from Princeton University in 1966 and a Juris Doctor from Duke University Law School in 1973, where he served on the Editorial Staff for the Duke Law Review for 3 years. He married Mary Ann Harrold in Bronxville, NY on November 30th, 1968 and they celebrated over 50 years together. Mr. Johnson was a Lieutenant JG in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, from 1966 – 1970, where he served as an engineer on the Destroyer U.S.S. Blandy, DD-943, and earned the Navy Achievement Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and Meritorious Unit Commendation. After his Vietnam tour, Mr. Johnson was selected to serve on the Commodore’s staff when his destroyer squadron traveled to foreign ports in the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans to show the United States Navy presence. Mr. Johnson was an attorney in New York City for 50 years, serving as a partner in the law firms Carter, Ledyard & Milburn; Kurzman, Karelson & Frank; and Montgomery McCracken, Walker & Rhoads. Mr. Johnson was an avid runner, tennis player and NY Mets fan. “Dave” most enjoyed spending time with his horses on his farm in Whitehall, NY, where he would sit on his porch watching birds and listening to country music. He was a member of The First Congregational Church of Fair Haven, VT where he attended services every Sunday. Mr. Johnson is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer Sober of Jupiter, FL and Bonnie Pope of Ridgefield, CT; two sisters, Martha Bays of Norwalk, CT and Judith Smith of Springville, VA; brother, Frank Johnson of Castleton, VT; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4th, at 11am at The First Congregational Church of Fair Haven.