Kenneth H. Johnson
Oakham, Massachusetts
(Written by Ken Johnson 5/17/02)
Entered Navy ROTC, Brown University September 1957
Received BS in Mechanical Engineering and
Commissioned Ensign, USN upon graduation, June 1962
Reported directly to US Navy Submarine School upon commissioning
Graduated Basic Officer Class 120 December 1962 and reported aboard USS Sea Owl (SS 405)
Assumed duties as Commissary Officer, SLJO, CMO (Coke Machine Officer) and
Fearless Leader of Sea Owl Prince Edward Island (and later Portland, ME) Marching Unit
Later assumed duties as Communications Officer, Photographic Officer and Assistant Engineer.
Left Sea Owl in April, 1965 and reported to USS Halfbeak (SS 352) as Engineer Officer.
Resigned Commission and left the Navy in October 1966 to pursue career in Oceanography
Worked as Design Engineer at Westinghouse Ocean Research & Engineering Center, Annapolis, MD
in Westinghouse Deepstar Submersible Program primarily as part of design team competing against Lockheed
for Navy Deep Submergence Search Vehicle (DSSV) design and construction contract. After Westinghouse loss
of competition to Lockheed in 1969, left Westinghouse to work for Naval Ship Systems Command.
From September 1969 to June 1973 worked for NAVSHIPS Code 425 in Washingtoin, DC as
Program Engineer for Maintenance and Modernization of SSN 637 Sturgeon Class nuclear submarines.
"Retired" from Government service in June 1973 and spent 3 months travelling across USA and back, finally settling
in Boulder, CO to make my "fortune" and pursue personal business as professional photographer.
Upon realization that I had to do something at which I could actually make a living, I accepted position as
Plant Engineer at Boulder Community Hospital in September 1974 and have worked in this capacity
at several hospitals in the years since.

Currently Director of Facilities Management at
Worcester State Hospital in Worcester, MA, a State run psychiatric hospital.