Distinguished Alumna 1993
Sara Sasser Johnston


Sara Sasser Johnston, Lawton, was born in 1908. She traveled by train from Kentucky to Lawton when she was three years old. She is a 1929 junior college graduate of Cameron. She received a B.S. in Latin and English with a minor in History and French from Oklahoma College for Women in 1931 and has done graduate study at the University of Colorado. She taught English at Cameron in 1931-35 and taught Latin and English in the Lawton Public Schools from 1947 until her retirement in 1973. In 1970, she was named Teacher of the Year. She is a charter member of The American Association of University Women and has been active in a number of organizations including the Retired Teachers Association, Shakespeare Club, Friends of the Library, Eloise Tyree Garden Club and Lawton Heritage Association. Sara's life experiences include christening Wiley Post's first airplane in 1927 while a freshman at O.C.W. and interviewing Eleanor Roosevelt when she visited Lawton. While at Cameron, she and her husband, Julius H. Johnston (a Cameron football, basketball and track coach during the 1930s), were active in all aspects of Cameron's academic, athletic and social life. Ju died in 1980. She has two daughters. (Mrs. Johnston died in March 1997)