Johnnie Short, April 27, 1920 - January 1, 2003.
President of CFMS 1961-62. His original local club was the Arrowhead Mineralogical Society, San Bernardino County, CA.
Johnnie exhibited over the years and received many awards at the regional and national level for his extensive mineral collection. He was also interested in photography and contributed some of his mineral slides to Rock and Gem magazine.
While in the AFMS chairs, Johnnie supported the new AFMS Scholarship Foundation and as AFMS President he presented the very first award to Professor Richard Pearl at the AFMS Banquet in Yakima, Washington. The grant was for $300.
Johnnie didn't fade away after his tenure as AFMS President. He constantly attended AFMS shows throughout the country and also attended CFMS shows. He was among the AFMS Past Presidents who attended the 50th Anniversary in Jackson, MS in 1997. And the last AFMS show he attended was Port Townsend, WA in 2002.
Over the years Johnnie lived in the northwest and Tucson, AZ. He involved himself in the famous Tucson Show for many years from 1994 through 2002. He was Treasurer of TGMS for several years.
"Johnnie loved field trips, attending shows, his extensive mineral collection and most of all the many, many rockhound friends he made all over the world.
Johnnie was never seen without a smile. He always had a good word for everyone. He was one of those people who believed he never saw a rockhound he didn't like. And EVERYONE liked Johnnie. We shall all miss you Johnnie.....