Mary Lincoln Johnson. a graduate of Brown University, was returning home to Wayland. Massachusetts. after more than a year of travel in the Far East, including a stint of tutoring in Taiwan. In high school she had been active as a class officer, a member of the Latin and drama clubs, a yearbook editor, and a varsity athlete in soccer and field hockey. At Brown she majored in women's studies. She later worked in San Francisco, California, saving for this lifelong dream trip.
People were Mary's vocation. She spent her young adulthood affirming the spirituality of others. She was exuberant in her quest for new friends and new experiences. Her love for underdogs and worthy causes ran deep.
A caregiver herself, she reserved her ultimate respect for those teachers who teach for teaching's sake, who devote their lives to sending the young off in new and exciting directions. Her own life was cut short before she could become what all believe would have been that kind of teacher.
To memorialize her life and its loves, an annual award was established in Mary's name. Each year the Mary L. Johnson Travelship provides a rare opportunity for a Wayland teacher to travel anywhere in the world—to share Mary's joy in discovering old cultures and making new friends.
Mary left her mother and father, a sister, and five brothers.
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