Robert Lien Johnson of Deer Hill Drive in Ridgefield died peacefully in his sleep on February 4 at the age of 96. His curiosity about the world and his ambition to explore it served him well throughout his life, leading him to far-flung places and to the frontier of the 20th Century’s shrinking global community.
He personified his generation: a small-town boy from a modest family in the midwest, raised during the depression with big ideas and sky-high dreams. He set out to see the world and in so doing, rode the arc of aviation history. He was a man who playfully wore a red “Make America Great Again” cap — with twinkle in his eye — part of the generation that actually did make America great.