Waldemar Johnson spoke seven languages and taught Swedish and French
at Denfeld from 1931-1970, coaching cross country and track and
field for 38 years.
He won the shot put State Championship in his senior year, 1924,
and coached many athletes who went to state tournaments, including
the 1949 State Track Champions.
Johnson enjoyed merging academics with athletics, frequently speaking
different languages with his athletes during practice and in competitions.
A fitting tribute was from Denfeld alum Clifford
Erickson: "It is difficult to grasp, even now, that the vital
combination of tongue, sinew and heart that he was could ever be
stilled. It would be a giant task to count the lives he touched,
both in the classroom or athletic field. In this sense he has achieved
an immortality to which most of us can only hope to aspire."
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