175 Makers of History: Ben F. Johnson Jr.

Ben F. Johnson Jr. 36C 40L 2005H
Dean of the School of Law during Desegregation

Ben Johnson Jr.

With the late Henry Bowden Sr. 32C 34L, Ben F. Johnson Jr. -- who was dean of the law school from 1961 to 1973 -- argued the landmark case that integrated Georgia's private universities. Throughout his career, he remained a strong and effective advocate for women and minorities.

During his tenure at the law school, Johnson also served as Georgia's deputy assistant attorney general and was elected a senator in the Georgia legislature. He was chiefly responsible for writing the resolutions to permit the creation of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

In 1981, he was the founding dean of Georgia State University College of Law.