Richard C. Johnson Athlete, salesman


Services for Richard C. Johnson, an account executive for a food brokerage firm who was a record-setting football player at Western Maryland College, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church of Baltimore County, York Road.

Mr. Johnson, who was 28 and lived on Hopkins Road in Rodgers Forge, died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh after a blood vessel in his brain burst Feb. 16 during a family ski outing at Champion, Pa.

He had worked for the Chaimson Brokerage Co. for about five years and earlier worked for other food companies.

The Baltimore native was a 1984 graduate of Western Maryland, where he had been a wide receiver and a kicker on the football team. He was named to the Little All-America team.

In a 1983 defeat of Ursinus College, he scored all 24 of his team's points, catching three touchdown passes and kicking three extra points and a field goal.

The feat tied the school's record for most points scored in a game by a player. Still standing are his records for most yards gained receiving in a year, and for most passes caught in a game, a season and a career by a Western Maryland player.

He also kicked a 53-yard field goal in college, although he had not begun playing football until his senior year at the Severna Park High School, where he also had played soccer.

At Western Maryland, he also was a catcher on the baseball team, a postion he continued to play for the Arundel All Stars, a men's amateur team, which will dedicate its next season to him.

A member of the Hunt Valley Country Club, he was also active in the Rodgers Forge community, where he played Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny for children at community events.

He is survived by his wife, the former Stacy Ruppersberger; his father, Ejner J. Johnson, who was chief of staff for Gov. Harry R. Hughes, and his mother, Grace Johnson, both of Severna Park; three sisters, Maria Paslik of Montclair, Va., Melissa Mullady of Towson and Michelle Canning, of Warwick, R.I.; a brother, Ejner J. Johnson Jr. of Millersville; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggested contributions to the Richard C. Johnson Memorial Fund at Western Maryland College.

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