Alumna Jean Putnam Johnson has created the Jean Putnam Johnson and Skip Johnson Scholarship Endowment to support students who are majoring in education and strive to teach physical education in K-12 schools, just as she did.
Putnam Johnson, a lifelong educator and advocate for learning, earned her bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Recreation and Physical Education, with a minor in English, in 1953 from what then was known as Texas State College for Women. She went on to receive her master’s in English from McNeese State University. Following her husband Skip’s career, she taught in the Netherlands and around the United States in Virginia, Texas, and Louisiana.
Putnam Johnson currently resides in College Station and volunteers as an education docent at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, P.E.O., and First Baptist Church in Bryan. She plays piano for her church and at special events. She and her late husband had three children, three granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter. The couple established multiple scholarships in honor of her career as an educator. The scholarship at Texas Woman’s will create a legacy for generations of students.