A Tribute to Bill Johnson

Please join us in expressing our profound sorrow at the loss of a wonderful and giving person who touched Oklahoma and the Distance Learning community in so many ways. Leonard William “Bill” Johnson passed away on Wednesday, March 28th as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident from the previous weekend.

Bill was an ardent supporter of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association from its inception. He participated in nearly every conference we held and moved mountains to ensure the demonstrations of technology would amaze the participants. His passion and vision for technology as a tool to bring people together and achieve understanding was without limit. 

As Chief of Operations at OneNet, Bill kept a videoconferencing system in his office and published the address far and wide. He had so many visitors from all over the world “drop by and visit” and was endlessly curious about who they were and what they were doing and what they wanted to do. From setting up the Eagle Cam at the Sutton Avian Center to working on how to improve the collection of data for the Mesonet, Bill was a constant, boundless, enthusiastic and infectious force of nature in pursuit of expanding the limits of technology.

We will truly miss you, President Emeritus Bill Johnson.

If you have any suggestions on how we may honor Bill’s spirit of service to distance learning or have any stories you’d like us to collect and share we’d be deeply grateful to hear from you.