Janine Johnson Weins, passed away early in the morning of Wednesday, March 10th at Alice Peck Day Hospital in Lebanon New Hampshire. Having battled Addison disease for almost 40 years, she succumbed to a pulmonary embolism while being treated for pneumonia. Born June 3rd, 1940 in New York City, the family moved to Lyme, New Hampshire in 1942 while her father G. Lawton Johnson served in WWII.
In 1958 she was accepted into the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, which her parents, uncle, and aunt had attended earlier. After graduating in 1962, Janine accepted a position in the Materials Development Laboratory at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford CT as their first full time electron microscopist, celebrated in the Hartford Currant as a pioneering woman in the fields of mathematics and engineering.
While at P&W, Janine attended night school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) earning her Master’s degree in 1965. Soon thereafter she accepted a position managing the Structures Laboratory at the Polaroid Corporation, focusing on electron microscopic analysis of color distortion in Polaroid’s new instant color film.
Once again, while working a full time position, she continued her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), eventually transitioning to a full time graduate student earning her PhD in 1970. Having completed her studies, she and her husband moved to Chicago where she managed the Creep Laboratory for Argonne National. Her career took her through New York, and Washington DC, where she served as the technical expert representing AT&T in the largest case ever brought before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Fresh from that experience, Janine then went on to study patent law, going on to practice patent law for several years thereafter.
In 1984 when her father was diagnosed with cancer Janine moved back to Lyme New Hampshire, opening YOURIdea Bookstore, specializing in non-fiction self help books. Shortly thereafter she became the host of the “Twin State Journal” radio program on WNTK 98.8FM for which she was best known in the area. In 2002 when her mother Louise Johnson passed away, Janine inherited the family farm, which she chose to fully renovate and transform into a working certified organic operation, Acorn Hill Farms, specializing in heirloom varieties of vegetables, supplying local hospitals and high end restaurants.
Janine fully immersed herself in the community of the upper valley, founding the Lyme Benefit Fund, providing hot meals for low-income children, heating assistance, and a variety of local cultural interests. Furthermore, continuing her parents’ interest in supporting the University of Michigan’s School of Engineering, she supported a number of engineering scholarship funds and will fund an endowed chair.
She is survived by her brother, Lawton Johnson, sister in law, Linda Johnson, her two nephews Matthew and Benjamin Johnson, and her grandniece Mia and grandnephew Nate.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at Acorn Hill Farm, details to be announced shortly. Until then the family requests that donations be made in her honor to the Lyme Benefit Fund.
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