Husband of Boston school leader dies

Matthew Johnson, the husband of Boston School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson, died Monday following a lengthy illness.

“Our hearts go out to the super­intendent and her family during this extraordinarily difficult time,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino and School Committee chairman Michael O’Neill wrote in a letter to school staff. “We all know how lucky we are to have a leader who considers the people who make up our schools as part of her family. This morning, we know our entire community is grieving alongside her.”

Matthew Johnson, who ­resided in Tennessee, had been ill for several months. The super­intendent had repeatedly traveled there to be with him.


The two had been married for nearly 40 years and had three children together. Like the superintendent, Matthew Johnson was an educator.

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During the superintendent’s absence, chief financial officer John McDonough will serve as acting superintendent.

“We are honored to serve with such a talented and dedicated superintendent,” Menino and O’Neill said in the letter. “We all know how much she loves [the Boston public schools] and the children we serve together. This morning we are saddened to share in her family’s grief.”

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