Vahe Duncan Johnson

Vahe Duncan Johnson 78, passed away on March 14, 2017 in Montclair, New Jersey after a long illness.

Following his graduation, cum laude in Government, from Harvard College - Eliot House (1960) and Harvard Law School (1963), he became a prominent corporate and banking attorney, spending his entire career at the Providence law firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord).

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Diana L. Johnson; his children Alexandra Sharma (her husband Amit) and Mark Adam Johnson; his sister Elizabeth Prevost, and his grandchildren Arjun, Anika, Hadley and Arden.

He was a mentor to many and devoted to philanthropy. He served on numerous boards, among them the Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence Foundation, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, the Rhode Island Hospital, Crossroads Rhode Island and the Paul J. Aicher Foundation in Hartford.

He was truly loved. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the ASPCA or the Rhode Island School of Design. A celebration of his life will be held in Providence in early May.


Published in The New York Times on Mar. 19, 2017