MEMORY ETERNAL TO DAVID
COLONEL DR DAVID PITTMAN JOHNSON, ASDF B.S., M.S.W., D.S.W. FSA (Scot), born July 29,
1936 in Nashville, Tennessee, departed this life on March 8, 2004. He was the son of the late Calvin Leonard Johnson,
PhD (Hon) and Charles Bernice Cagle of Montgomery. David received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Huntingdon
College in Montgomery, and went on to receive Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Social Work from Tulane University
in New Orleans. He served as a clinical social worker and later, as Director of Outpatient Services at Montgomery
Area Mental Health Center in the early 1970’s. He went on to become an Associate Professor of Social Work at the
University of Alabama in the Master’s Program, where he taught from 1975 until 1990.
During his professional career he attained various professional certifications,
including Diplomate Status in Clinical Social Work. Upon retirement he opened a small private practice in
clinical social work and social work consultation. Most recently, he has worked as an outpatient rural therapist
in Pickens County. He was an active member Holy Trinity Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Birmingham. Prior to this,
David was one of the founding members of Saint Gregory’s Orthodox Church in Tuscaloosa.
For over three decades David was the President and driving force behind the
American College of Heraldry, a chartered, non-profit body established in 1972, to aid in the study and perpetuation
of heraldry in the United States and abroad. He was affiliated with numerous organizations, including: Knight Grand
Cross of the Imperial Order of the Star of Honour of Ethiopia; Grand Officer of the Imperial Ethiopian Order of the Lion;
Knight of The Military Order of the Vitez; and Knight of St. Michael of the Wing.
David was instrumental in the reestablishment of the Malta Obedience of the
Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, serving the Grand Bailiwick as Commander of the
Commandery of Alabama and advisor to the Grand Bailiff, and rose to the rank of Knight Commander in that Obedience.
He was a Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; Honorary
Member both of the Russian College of Heraldry (Collegium Heraldicum Russiae) and of the Russian Heraldry Society;
Founder Companion of the Most Honorable Legion of the Eagle; Member of the Military Society of the Wild Geese, Noble
Officer Corps. He was a founding director of the Society of Scottish Armigers, served as its Vice-Chairman, and was
one of only three Fellows of the Society.
He belonged to the Clan Johnston/e Society. David was the recipient of the 2003 Whiting
Award presented by The International Society for Philosophical Enquiry to publicly acknowledge his significant cultural
contributions through his work in the field of Heraldry. He was also selected as a Mentor for the ISPE.
He was internationally known as an accomplished heraldic designer.
David served his country in various capacities with the National Guard, Air National
Guard, and Army Reserve. He was a Colonel in the Alabama State Defense Force, and was appointed Chief of Staff, Headquarters.
He left behind his wife Linda, sons Michael and Christopher, along with a host
of relatives and friends who will miss him dearly. David`s GRAVE can be virtually visited HERE
With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant David, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing,
but life everlasting. Amen.
REQUIESCAT IN PACE
We were extremely saddened to report the sudden passing of Col. Dr. David Pittman Johnson (Monday, March 8, 2004),
President of the American College of Heraldry, who was our dearest friend and colleague for 14 years.
Col. Dr David Pittman Johnson, Founder and President of the American College of Heraldry.
Born 1936, died 2004
Dr David Pittman Johnson`s
Coat of Arms as it was rendered in 1992 by Natalie Yegorova,
Principal Heraldic Artist to the Russian College of Heraldry.
The Coat of Arms of the American College of Heraldry.
This version of the ACH Arms was rendered by
heraldic artist Richard McNamee Crossett.