MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University College of Law has received a $1.3 million gift from a trust established by Louis Arthur Johnson, a Virginia-born former secretary of defense.
The gift creates a scholarship fund in his name. Johnson established the trust in 1960 to benefit legal education. A representative said his legacy will live on in future graduates of the law school.
Johnson was born in Roanoke, Va., and earned a law degree at the University of Virginia. He began his legal career in Clarksburg.
Johnson was also a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and was President Harry Truman's secretary of defense in 1949 and 1950.
Johnson died in 1966.