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Bobby Ray Johnson

8909 180th St. Ct. E
Puyallup, WA


What song most reminds you of your school days?  
Roy Orbison & Righteous Brothers
What teacher most influenced you? 
Mildred Major, Willard Millsaps, Gordon Smith, Edward Test, Waymon White
Who were your best friends at Central?
Many--too many to name here.
What is your most memorable experience at the reunions?
Reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.
What are your fondest memories of Chattanooga Central High School?
Basketball practice, basketball games, Senior Day, working at Bea's Restaurant, The Grange, hanging out with Patti, my 1950 Ford, lettering as a sophomore, sharing command of ROTC Cadet Brigade with Bryant, representing Central at the Bellamy Award in Wisconsin--riding in the car all the way there with Mr. Millsaps, Miss Major, and Patti, Kennedy Assassination, my head shaved by Bobby Etter leaving only the letters PAT, who can forget the rotunda, pep rallies, and football games.  As I reconnect with our classmates at events such as the 60th birthday gathering last year and the recent informal gathering at Harbor Lights, I remember more and more about just how great our class was then and is today.  I encourage every classmate to get involved in these informal gatherings and to post your bio on this website so those of us who have spent most of our lives since graduation far far away can reconnect and never forget those wonderful days of our high school years.
My Life Since Graduation
Family:  In 1969, I married Jane, whom I met and dated at Auburn University.  Daughter Carolyn Stacy was born in Germany 1970.  Daughter Tanya Marie was born in Germany 1972.  Son Robert Andrew was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1975.  First marriage failed in 1986.  I became a single parent with Stacy living with me and met Kathi at a singles conference in Tacoma, WA in late 1986.  Kathi and I were married in Sackets Harbor, NY in December, 1987.  Daughter Katelyn Elizabeth was born in Atlanta, GA in 1990.  God has blessed us with two grandsons and two granddaughters so far.  Jackson, a handsome young Shih Tzu, and Bobbie, a beautiful Senegal Parrot, make up the rest of the family.

Education:  Attended Auburn University on a basketball scholarship and graduated June, 1969 as a Distinguished Military Graduate with Bachelor’s Degree.  I earned a Master’s Degree in Business in 1977 from University of Northern Colorado.  I graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1982.

Military Service:   Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army’s Adjutant General Corps when I graduated from Auburn.  Attended training in Indianapolis, IN until December, 1969 when I moved to Zweibruecken, Germany.  I was promoted to First Lieutenant and Captain while there.  I moved to Thailand in 1972 and worked with Air America, a CIA unit operating in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos.  Returned to Indianapolis, IN in late 1973 where I attended more training and later became a member of the Staff and Faculty of the Army Institute of Administration.  Returned to Goeppingen, Germany in 1977 where I served at the Adjutant General, 1st Infantry Division Forward.  Returned to Leavenworth, KS in 1981 where I attended the Army Command and General Staff College and was promoted to Major.  I moved from there to the Army Personnel Center in Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, DC.  The Chief of Staff of the Army selected me to serve on a special task force—I evaluated cadet programs and recommended changes to officer training at West Point, ROTC throughout the country, Officer Candidate School, and other programs through which the Army commissions its officers.  I also authored “The Philosophy of the Army Officer Corps” as a member of this special task force.  My reward was allowing me to choose my next assignment at Fort Lewis, WA, about 35 miles south of Seattle.  I served at Fort Lewis in key personnel administration positions from 1984 to 1987.  I served as a member of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf’s staff, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and selected to be Adjutant General and Assistant Chief of Staff, G1 for the 10th Mountain Division being reactivated at Fort Drum in Watertown, NY.  After serving two years in that position, I was reassigned to the Army’s Forces Command Headquarters at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, GA.  I served as a member of General Colin Powell’s staff with responsibility for all commissioned and warrant officer assignments throughout the Continental USA.  When Desert Storm came along, I became responsible for filling vacancies of enlisted soldiers in units being deployed.  As a reward for my efforts, again I was allowed to choose my own assignment after the war.  Back to Fort Lewis, WA in 1991 to the Great Northwest which I had fallen in love with and to one of my daughters and son who were living there with their mother after my first marriage failed.  Daughter Stacy was a student at Auburn University by then.  I served as the Executive Office and Commander of a unit responsible for helping train Army National Guard and Army Reserve Units in WA, OR, and CA.  I retired at Fort Lewis in 1994 and was awarded the Legion of Merit for my service.  During my career, I also received 7 Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, Viet Nam Service Medal, 2 National Defense Service Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Updated 12/16/2009

Second Career:  Kathi and I are both licensed real estate brokers in the State of Washington.  Kathi was a national trainer for CENTURY 21 Corporation, and we owned a CENTURY 21 Franchise and brokerage office in Puyallup, WA from 1995 to 2003.  After reaching burn-out as small business owners, we closed down our office, and I continued as an Associate Broker with a small independent real estate office in Puyallup.  I worked primarily in new construction and have earned designations as an Internet Marketing Professional, EcoBroker, and Certified Marketing Master.  I retired from real estate in February, 2009.  Kathi transitioned her adult learning skills to training automated medical records keeping (EPIC) to staff members of MultiCare Health System facilities in and around Tacoma.

Hobbies/Interests:  Building computers, reading, spending time at the ocean—especially on the Oregon & Washington Coasts and in the San Juan Islands—in fact we like it so much, we may retire to one of the San Juan Islands.    

International Travel:  West Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland, Scotland, Liechtenstein, Vatican City, Berlin, East Berlin, Mexico, Canada, St. Lucia, Thailand, Bahamas.

National Travel:  Every state except Maine.