SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 11, 2013

Corinne Benson Johnson


Hanover, N.H. — Corinne Benson Johnson of Hanover, N.H., and North Chatham, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013, at her residence at Kendal at Hanover. She was 83.

Corinne, called “Cory” and “Tiny” by family and friends, attended Concord Academy and received her B.A. in 1950 from Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2001, Concord Academy honored Corinne with its Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award.

Corinne grew up in Salem, married Walter Johnson in 1955 and moved to Philadelphia. In 1960, they adopted their son, Ralph Warner Johnson.

Corinne began her career with the American Friends Service Committee in 1957. From 1972 until 1979, she served as director of AFSC's Latin America Programs and in 1979 became the Director of the International Division until her retirement in 1997. During her tenure, she traveled throughout the world, supervising AFSC relief, aid, and development programs in 29 countries in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

After retirement, Corinne designed and built a home in Chatham on Cape Cod. She was a long-time member of the Chatham Yacht Club and served as both a member and Chair of the Chatham Conservation Commission. She was also a gifted writer and an accomplished mariner, bird watcher, wood carver and photographer.

Corinne Johnson was predeceased by her brother; Frank W. Benson II and is survived by her son, Ralph W. Johnson; grandchildren, Corinne and Eric Johnson; sister, Ann Benson Reece; and nephews, Edward Benson, Samuel Benson, Timothy Reece and Stockton Reece.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the AFSC, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.